Princess Diana, Martin Bashir and the BBC

‘Princess Diana, Martin Bashir and the BBC’, looks into the inside story of how Martin Bashir obtained his career-defining interview with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and how the BBC responded when it discovered he had faked bank statements and shown them to her brother, Earl Spencer. Featuring exclusive interviews and revelations from internal BBC documents, the programme examines Bashir’s actions which manipulated the Princess into giving an interview that had a significant impact on the rest of her life and her legacy.

The Duke of Cambridge has said:

The Duke of Sussex said:

Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest, The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.

To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. That is the first step towards justice and truth, Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these — and even worse — are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed,” said Harry. “By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”

The findings of the investigation lodged by Earl Spencer were published today, and concluded that Bashir used deceitful methods to secure the interview, in breach of BBC editorial rules. The Queen, the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry have all now received letters from Tim Davie – the director general of the BBC – to apologise for the deceit which led to the Princess Diana interview.

Although the report states that Diana, Princess of Wales, was keen on the idea of an interview with the BBC, it is clear that the process for securing the interview fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect. We are very sorry for this. Lord Dyson has identified clear failings.

While today’s BBC has significantly better processes and procedures, those that existed at the time should have prevented the interview being secured in this way. The BBC should have made greater effort to get to the bottom of what happened at the time and been more transparent about what it knew.

While the BBC cannot turn back the clock after a quarter of a century, we can make a full and unconditional apology. The BBC offers that today.”

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