Babes in Wood victim’s mother meets Earl Spencer over Bashir Brighton News

PRINCESS Diana’s brother Earl Spencer met the mother of Babes in the Wood victim Michelle Hadaway.

Earl Spencer and Ms Hadaway were disappointed with disgraced BBC reporter Martin Bashir.

Bashir cheated on Earl Spencer as part of a plot to secure an interview with Princess Diana. Ms Hadaway was persuaded to give the reporter the bloody clothes worn by her daughter, Karen, the clothes were subsequently lost and never returned.

The Mail on Sunday reported Earl Spencer invited Ms Hadaway, 65, to her family home in Northamptonshire. The venue, Althorp House, was where Mr. Bashir used false documents to persuade Earl Spencer to help him.

The Argus: Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were murdered by Russell Bishop in Brighton in 1986.Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were murdered by Russell Bishop in Brighton in 1986.

Ms Hadaway spoke of her vulnerability at Mr Bashir’s hands and how she trusted him because he was part of the BBC.

Ms. Hadaway was accompanied by her daughter Lyndsey.

The bodies of Karen and her friend Nicola Fellows, both aged nine, were found in a forest near their Brighton homes in October 1986. Their killer, Russell Bishop, was acquitted of their murder the following year after a botched chase. He was ultimately convicted of the crimes in 2018.

The program Bashir told him he needed was never aired and it does not appear that the clothes were tested.

The family requested that the clothes be returned in 2004 so that they can be turned over to Sussex Police who are investigating the case. The BBC said it had carried out “thorough investigations” to find the clothes, but they were not found.

The Argus: Earl Spencer, brother of Princess Diana.  Photo: BBC / PanoramaEarl Spencer, brother of Princess Diana. Photo: BBC / Panorama

The company has now tasked former BBC executive Paul Smith with launching a new offering to find the clothes.

Metropolitan Police announced last month that they would not launch a criminal investigation into Mr Bashir’s interview with Diana, despite a devastating report from former Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson.

Earl Spencer disputes this decision.

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