- 1995 Martin Bashir interview still being investigated
- The Dyson report revealed that Martin Bashir had used fake documents to obtain access to the Princess.
- Report concluded the BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency.
- There are a number of civil actions.
- Matt Weissler, the BBC graphic designer has received an apology and financial compensation.
- Patrick Jephson has been awarded substantial damages as well as Producer Martin Killick & ex nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke
- Charles Spencer has questioned why there are no police prosecutions
- Will 2022 conclude with major prosecutions?
The truth is finally starting to come out regarding the infamous 1995 Martin Bashir Panorama interview. The bombshell interview contained several revelations including the much publicised statement by Princess Diana that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles
The way the interview was obtained, however, was deceitful. The Dyson report published by BBC revealed that Martin Bashir had used fake documents to obtain access to the Princess. The report concluded that the BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency.
The deceitful practices have resulted in various civil actions. Matt Weissler, the BBC graphic designer, who Martin Bashir commissioned to mock up fake bank statements, has received an apology and financial compensation. Substantial damages have been awarded to Princess Diana’s former private secretary, Patrick Jephson as well as to Martin Killick, the producer who was labelled as a trouble maker and forced off Panorama for trying to raise concerns. Martin Killick claimed “…the BBC management deliberately developed a false narrative to divert attention from the fact that its much lauded interview with Princess Diana had been obtained at best by dubious methods. “As a result, I believe this led to an institutional cover up and the deliberate character assassination of myself and my colleagues who had sought to speak the truth.”
Most recently it has been revealed that BBC is paying damages to the ex-nanny to Princes William and Harry over false claims made about her. Alexandra Pettifer formally known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke received an apology at the High Court over unfounded allegations she had an affair with Prince Charles resulting in a pregnancy which was aborted.
BBC director-general Tim Davie said the organization apologized “for the way in which Princess Diana was deceived and the subsequent impact on all their lives. Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the program again; nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters.”
In addition to the civil actions, Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Diana, has questioned why the police have not prosecuted those involved “for what various senior lawyers have told me is clearly unlawful and criminal behaviour?” The Earl Spencer says that “all those responsible must be held to account”.
As Charles Spencer points out Princess Diana, went to her grave believing that her closest confidants were spying on her for her enemies “of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this: a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”
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