Princess Diana’s brother has written to the Metropolitan Police Chief asking the police to re-examine the circumstances surrounding his interview with BBC Panorama, Sky News has understood.
Earl Spencer’s request to Commissioner Cressida Dick comes days later a damning report who found that the broadcaster had covered up “deceptive behavior” used by the journalist Martin bashir to secure the explosive scoop of 1995.
Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded that Bashir seriously violated BBC producers’ guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer so he could access Princess.
Scotland Yard had already said he would evaluate the content of the survey to ensure that there is no “significant new evidence” to support a criminal investigation.
Former BBC chief executive Lord Hall, who came under heavy criticism in the Dyson report for his botched investigation into how the interview came about, has now resigned as chairman of the National Gallery, saying that continuing to play the role “would be a distraction for an institution I care deeply about”.
He had also been faced with questions about the decision to rehire Bashir in 2016, even though he was known to have lied on bank statements.
Former BBC executive Tim Suter, who was part of the company’s internal investigation in 1996, resigned his board post with Ofcom, the media watchdog.
The Duke of Cambridge and his brother the Duke of Sussex have made scathing statements in the wake of Lord Dyson’s report.
William condemned the BBC in a statement saying the interview fueled his mother’s “fear, paranoia and isolation” in the last years of her life and damaged her relationship with the Prince of Wales.
Harry also hit the company by saying, “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took his life.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said he was “very concerned” by the findings of the investigation.
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