Prince William claims that the BBC’s failures around Martin Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with his mother “contributed significantly to his fear, paranoia and isolation” – and the episode shouldn’t never be broadcast again.
He said princess diana was “missed” not only by the “rogue journalist” but by BBC bosses “who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”
William said the interview was a “major contribution to the worsening of my parents’ relationship and has since hurt countless others,” while Prince harry said that “the ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately cost him his life.”
This comes after an independent investigation was found former BBC journalist Mr. Bashir “tricked and tricked” Diana’s brother Earl Spencer into getting the historic interview.
The Duke of Cambridge said the episode “had no legitimacy”, adding that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, “my mother would have known she had been cheated on “.
The Duke of Sussex thanked those “who took some form of responsibility” during the interview, but said “what deeply concerns me is that practices like these – and even worse – are still widespread today “.
“Back then, and now, it’s bigger than a point of sale, a network or a publication,” he added.
“Our mother lost her life because of it, and nothing has changed. By protecting her heritage, we are protecting everyone and respecting the dignity with which she has lived her life. Let us remember who she was and what she stood for.
Mr Bashir had produced false bank statements in a “serious violation” of the BBC’s direct transaction guidelines when he got the scoop, the investigation concluded.
He ordered documents believed to show payments to the bank account of Alan Waller, a former employee of Earl Spencer, Patrick Jephson, Diana’s former private secretary, and Richard Aylard, the Prince’s former private secretary. ..
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This notice was published: 2021-05-20 20:12:00