Princess Diana wanted to help Martin Bashir ‘climb the BBC’

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Princess Diana wanted to do her bombshell interview with Martin Bashir because she “loved” the reporter and wanted to help him “climb the ladder” at the BBC, her former royal butler has claimed.

Speaking on tomorrow’s episode of True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, Paul Burrell claims the Princess ‘knew’ Bashir and wanted to ‘help’ him by giving him the scoop of the century, picking him out of the heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. approached her about an interview.

He also says that he believes Diana would have continued the interview regardless of Bashir’s methods, as she was so desperate for her side of the story to be told.

It is claimed that Bashir gained Diana’s trust through his use of questionable methods, including producing fake bank statements showing payments of thousands of newspaper pounds to “traitors” allegedly “spying on” the Spencer family.

Speaking on tomorrow’s episode of True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, pictured Paul Burrell claims the princess was so eager for her story to be told that she wished the show had aired , regardless of the methods used by interviewer Martin Bashir

Paul Burrell said Princess Diana 'loved' the then relatively unknown journalist and wanted to help him 'rise through the ranks' at the BBC.  In the photo, the panoramic bomb interview

Paul Burrell said Princess Diana “loved” the then relatively unknown journalist and wanted to help him “climb the ladder” at the BBC. In the photo, the panoramic bomb interview

But Mr Burrell doesn’t think that would have been enough to dissuade Diana from continuing the interview, saying: ‘Martin was a little fish at the BBC. She wanted to help him. She got to know him, she loved him and she wanted to help him rise through the ranks.

“She wanted to give him this opportunity to help herself and I believe she would have done this interview anyway regardless of the false documents because she wanted her story to come out….

“She wanted the world to know that Charles had had an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and that she had to accept it; she was supposed to put up with it and she was told to put up with it.

He also discussed the strained relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry, saying: “If their mother was here today, she would bring them together. She banged her head and said: “Don’t be so ridiculous that you are my sons, you are both equal”. It was very important to her that they stay close.

After two weeks of grim revelations about his interview with Diana, Bashir now faces multiple inquiries. Reports released last night suggested Bashir was considering leaving the BBC.

Paul Burrell said Princess Diana was desperate to see her side of the story told publicly

Paul Burrell said Princess Diana was desperate to see her side of the story told publicly

The BBC’s new chief executive, Tim Davie, has promised a “solid and independent” investigation, but has not yet said who will lead it. The investigation will also cover an investigation carried out in 1996 by the BBC, which has been described as whitewash.

The company is also facing a parliamentary inquiry. Steve Brine, the Conservative MP for Winchester, said he would discuss the scandal with other members of the media committee at their meeting next Tuesday.

After two weeks of grim revelations about his interview with Diana, Bashir now faces multiple inquiries.  In the photo, the journalist in 2019

After two weeks of grim revelations about his interview with Diana, Bashir now faces multiple inquiries. In the photo, the journalist in 2019

Mr Brine asked Bashir to give an explanation for the use of fake bank accounts shown to Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, adding: “I fully support Earl Spencer’s call for an investigation. Yes [Bashir] has nothing to hide, so let us know.

Mr Brine wondered why, even though he was unfit for work, Bashir could not report on events dating back to the time the interview aired.

Calls were also made for a police investigation, after the BBC admitted that Bashir had “faked” fake bank statements he was using to gain access to the princess.

Earl Spencer says Bashir peddled 32 vile slanders to Diana on her staff betraying her and the royals plotting against her, playing on her paranoia to gain her trust.

Friends of the Princess, including close confidante Rosa Monckton, questioned whether Bashir’s interview had any effect on the chain of events that ultimately led to his death in Paris on August 31, 1997.

She recalled how Diana was devastated by conspiracy theories at the time, and only now realizes that they may have been fed to her by Bashir.

The fallout from his network of deception also affected ordinary individuals such as BBC graphic designer Matt Wiessler, who agreed to help Bashir create the fake bank statements, without realizing what the reporter was having. intention to do so. Mr Wiessler says the BBC has made him a scapegoat.

John Miles, Bashir’s agent, said last night: “Martin Bashir is not available at the moment as he is recovering from poor health, but will respond when he is better. “

The BBC said it is committed to a full and independent investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. The company said last night that Bashir had not quit.

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