An independent investigation by Lord Dyson, which examined how Mr Bashir gained access to the princess, found that he used deception – in the form of fake bank statements – to get the 1995 interview, and then had lied to his BBC officials.
Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded that there was a “serious violation” of the BBC’s editorial rules, transgressions the company later covered up.
Speaking publicly for the first time since Lord Dyson’s discoveries, Mr Bashir apologized, saying he “never wanted to harm” Princess Diana with his Panorama program. “I don’t think we did,” he said.
In an interview with Le Sunday TimesMr Bashir maintained that Princess Diana was never unhappy with the content of the interview and said they continued to be friends after the show, with the princess even visiting his wife Deborah at St. George from Tooting, South West London, the day Deborah gave. birth of the couple’s third child, Eliza.
Mr Bashir, who resigned his role as BBC religion editor earlier this month, said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex but disputes William’s accusations that he fueled his mother’s isolation and paranoia.
He said: “Even in the early 1990s there were stories and secretly recorded phone calls. I was not behind any of this.
However, Diana’s brother Earl Spencer said he “draws a line” between the interview and her sister’s death, saying Mr Bashir’s actions caused her to give up her security service. royal.
Mr Bashir said he regretted using the fake bank documents he showed Earl Spencer, which purported to show payments to the accounts of members of the Royal Household and which he used as leverage for the interview, according to Lord Dyson.
The former reporter also claimed, however, that in the aftermath of the scandal the content of Diana’s interview “was almost ignored”.
He said Le Sunday Times: “She was a pioneer princess. When you think of her expressions of grief in her marriage, when you think of the admission of a psychiatric illness – just extraordinary! And his sons continued to advocate for mental health, ”he said.
Mr Bashir’s comments were published after former BBC chief executive Lord Tony Hall resigned as chairman of the National Gallery following strong criticism of him in the Dyson report, following to his botched investigation of how the interview was obtained.
His resignation also followed a wave of questions about his involvement in rehiring Mr Bashir as the religion’s editor. Former BBC News director James Harding dodged questions on Friday that then chief executive Lord Hall – who was leading the ‘woefully ineffective’ initial investigation – had played a role in the rehiring .
In an embarrassing interview broadcast on BBC News on Friday, Mr Harding said he regretted Mr Bashir had returned to the company because it had made things “more difficult for everyone”.
But he was visibly uncomfortable when asked if Lord Hall had informed him of the earlier investigation into Mr Bashir. “What I was saying is that BBC News hired Martin Bashir, and so the responsibility for that falls on me,” he said.
On Saturday night, the government was planning an intervention to restore confidence in the BBC following the scandal, according to a report by The observer. The plan would be part of the government’s BBC review next year.
Ministers are expected to be dragged past MPs in the House of Commons on Monday to answer questions about the Dyson report, the newspaper reported.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden had previously warned that ministers would pay close attention to whether “further governance reforms at the BBC are needed as part of the Charter’s mid-term review. “.
William condemned the BBC for its failures around the interview with his mother, which he said fueled the “fear, paranoia and isolation” she suffered in the last years of her life.
Prince William said he felt “indescribable sadness” after the Dyson investigation revealed the BBC’s cover-up of Mr Bashir’s actions, while Prince Harry said it was a “culture of unethical exploitation and practices ”in the media which“ ultimately cost him his life ”. .