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BBC Apologizes to the Royals over Martin Bashir's Deceitful Princess Diana Interview

Laura Beatham
May 21, 2021
08:20 A.M.

The BBC publically apologized for the circumstances that led to Princess Diana's 1995 interview following a recent internal investigation.

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The BBC released an apology to the royal family and the public for the deceitful circumstances that lead to Princess Diana agreeing to participate in the 1995 Panorama interview.

The TV network appointed Judge Lord Dyson to conduct an internal investigation into the Panorama interview after Charles, Earl of Spencer, and Diana's family pressured BBC’s current general director Tim Davie.

Princess Diana pictured during the Panorama interview. | Photo: youtube.com/Channel 4 News

Princess Diana pictured during the Panorama interview. | Photo: youtube.com/Channel 4 News

BBC APOLOGIZED

This week the BBC shared Lord Dyson's report and apologized for the deceitful circumstances that led to the interview. The BBS stated that they apologized for the situation as the statement read:

"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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The network's statement also explained that the board welcomes publishing Dyson's report and that the network fully accepts the contents of the report's findings.

LORD DYSON SAYS OF REPORT

In a statement to the BBC, Lord Dyson said that he believes he conducted a thorough and fair investigation into the matter. He added that he was grateful for the cooperation of all the participants, who gave comprehensive testimonies.

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Diana released a statement that said the bank statements had not persuaded her to do the interview.

In conclusion to his report, he found clear failings in the process of securing the interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. Davie stated that the BBC's procedures at the time should have prevented it from taking place.

THE DECEITFUL CIRCUMSTANCES

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It was reported that Martin Bashir, the interviewer who conducted the revealing Panorama interview, used inappropriate tactics that led to Princess Diana agreeing to the interview. Bashir admitted himself:

"I apologized then, and I do so again now, over the fact that I asked for bank statements to be mocked up."

Bashir had fake bank statements mocked up to show the media had paid royal insiders to leak information about Princess Diana. He showed the documents to Diana's brother, who then introduced the two, which led to the interview.

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BASHIR STANDS BY HIS INTERVIEW

Although Bashir apologized for his actions back in the 1990s and now after Lord Dyson's internal investigation report was published, he said he is proud of the interview. It gave Diana a chance to share her story.

Bashir stated that the interview gave Diana a chance to discuss her life, struggles with mental health, and her life as a royal family member. A story that otherwise would not have been told.

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This is the second time an internal investigation into Dashir's method of securing the interview took place. In the 90s, Diana released a statement that said the bank statements had not persuaded her to do the interview.

Princess Diana was candid and openly spoke of her life during the interview. Many of her famous quotes are from the Panorama interview, including her marriage contained three people and that she hoped to be the Queen of people's hearts.

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