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Interview with Martin Bashir’s Diana: Police to assess report for ‘significant new evidence’ UK News

Met Police said they will assess the contents of the investigation into the BBC’s Martin Bashir interview with Princess Diana to ensure there is no “significant new evidence” to support a criminal investigation.

In March of this year, the force said “it was not appropriate” to open a criminal investigation into “illegal activity” in connection with Mr. Bashir’s 1995 interview with Diana.

But they said: “If any significant new evidence should emerge, it will be evaluated.”

The Met said in a statement on Friday: “Following the release of Lord Dyson’s report, we will assess its contents to ensure there is no significant new evidence.”

Prince William and his brother Harry both criticized the BBC’s failures around Panorama’s interview with their mother, with the Duke of Cambridge saying it “contributed significantly to his fear, paranoia and isolation “.

Mr Bashir had falsified bank statements, which was a “serious violation” of the BBC’s guidelines on direct transactions, as he had shown them to Earl Spencer for access to the Princess in 1995, Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded.

He has since resigned as editor of the BBC’s religion due to ongoing health concerns.

Despite his poor health, he and the BBC apologized for the report’s findings, with Mr Bashir describing his decision to rig bank statements as “a stupid thing to do” and “an action I deeply regret”.

But he said it had “nothing to do with Princess Diana’s personal choice to participate in the interview.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-21 06:01:00