Prince William and Prince Harry slam BBC over ‘deceitful’ Diana interview with Martin Bashir

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Prince William has slammed the BBC over the Martin Bashir interview which he believes helped spark his mother's paranoia and fear.

The Duke of Cambridge revealed his "indescribably sadness" that Princess Diana has been deceived back in 1995.

Following the devastating findings from an independent report into the BBC practices, Prince William called for "scoop of the century" never to be aired again.

In a recent statement from the future king, he explained how the Panorama scandal had greatly impacted the relationship between his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

It is believed that the BBC appeared to have "covered up" Bashir's deception after allegations emerged that he has used fake bank statements to falsely claim Diana's inner circle were selling stories to the media.

He said: "I would like to thank Lord Dyson and his team for the report.

"It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.

"The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

He continued: "It brings me indescribable sadness to know that the BBC's failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

"But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.

"She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by the leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.

"It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.

"It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others."


Prince Harry, too, has released a statement on the matter which reads: "Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave and unquestionably honest.

“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.

“To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. That is the first step towards justice and truth.

He continued: “Yet what deeply concern me is that practices like these – and even worse – are still widespread today.

“Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

“Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life.

“Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”

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