The BBC began investigating the circumstances of the interview when it was suspected that BBC journalist Martin Bashir had fraudulently arranged the interview. Prince William announced on Thursday that the investigation was “a step in the right direction”. According to sources close to Prince Harry, the younger of Diana’s sons is watching the investigation.
According to Reuters, Princess Diana’s interview on Panorama was one of the defining moments of Diana’s closely watched and tumultuous marriage with Prince Charles.
At the time of this conversation, they lived apart. In the interview, the princess admitted, among other things, that their relationship was struggling with infidelity, and said that there were “three people” in it. She was referring to a relationship with Charles and his then-mistress and current wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
But Diana’s brother Charles Spencer accuses journalist Bashir of securing an interview with the princess with the help of forged bank statements and “sheer dishonesty.” According to the station, Bashir, who still works at the BBC, is on sick leave and is recovering from heart surgery and coronavirus infection. He did not comment on the allegations.
The BBC has launched an investigation into the allegations to determine how the interview was conducted and whether Bashir’s superiors concealed the circumstances of the interview.
Diana divorced the successor to the British throne, Prince Charles, in 1996. She died in a car accident on August 31, 1997 in Paris. She was 36 years old. The limousine she was riding with her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed tried to escape photographers on motorcycles.
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