BBC investigates Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir

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It wasn’t an explosive plot on The crown just now, more a TV interview that Princess Diana sat on in 1995 is being re-examined due to the alleged deception that made it possible. As first reported last month by the Sunday Times, BBC is investigating whether Diana was forced on him Panorama interview under false pretenses by presenter and journalist Martin Bashir. the Times claims Bashir exploited the fears of Diana and her brother, Charles Spencer, by faking bank documents to convince them that someone from Diana’s royal staff was leaking information about her private life to the media. These documents served as a catalyst for Spencer to encourage Diana to participate in the interview, which ended up becoming levels of Frost-Nixon infamy: During the conversation, Diana revealed everything from her struggles with bulimia to confirmation that she was aware of her husband’s extramarital affair. with Camilla Parker Bowles. “There were three of us in this marriage,” she said memorably, “so it was a bit crowded.

However, in an awkward internal press release, the BBC today announced that it had appointed former UK Supreme Court Justice John Dyson to conduct an independent and “robust” investigation into the circumstances surrounding Diana. Panorama interview. “This is an important investigation that I’m going to start right away,” Dyson said. “I will make sure it is both comprehensive and fair.” The investigation also comes after Spencer earlier this month criticized the BBC for “whitewashing” Bashir’s “yellow journalism” tactics to secure the interview. “The BBC has yet to apologize for what really matters here: the incredibly serious tampering with bank statements suggesting that Diana’s closest confidants were spying on her for her enemies,” he said in a statement to People November 3. “The BBC has so far refused to acknowledge the above.” Spencer added that it was “sheer dishonesty” that the BBC’s internal investigation in 1996 found that the alleged false documents had “no bearing” on Diana’s motivations for the interview.

Bashir has yet to respond to the BBC’s investigation and Spencer’s claims because he has been “gravely ill” for weeks after contracting the coronavirus.

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