A BBC spokesman said the report, carried out by former judge Lord Dyson, was due “very soon”. The company announced Friday that Bashir, who has been battling multiple health issues for several months, will step down from his current post as editor of religion.
Bashir has long been accused of using forged documents suggesting palace staff were working against Princess Diana and being paid to spy on her, CNN presenter and correspondent Max Foster reported.
Matt Weissler, a former BBC graphic designer, said he made fun of fake bank statements after Bashir contacted him and told him he needed “some bank statements”. Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer claimed Bashir had cheated on him by showing him the fake bank statements, which prompted him to introduce the reporter to his sister.
During the high-profile interview, Diana told Bashir that there were “three of us” in her marriage to Charles, referring to Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Charles would later marry.
Buckingham Palace was blinded by the 1995 interview, according to Charles Anson, the Queen’s press secretary at the time. “There wasn’t much to say,” Anson told CNN.
BBC chief executive Tim Davie said in a statement last year that he “would do everything possible to get to the bottom of it”, announcing the independent investigation. Bashir has not commented publicly on the allegations, and on Friday the BBC press office said: “Martin Bashir does not wish to be contacted by the media and will not make a public comment at this time. “
BBC deputy news director Jonathan Munro sent an email to staff on Friday confirming Bashir will be leaving the company.
“He told us about his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital for another surgery on his heart,” the email read. “Although he underwent major surgery towards the end of last year, he faces persistent problems and has decided to focus on his health. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. ”