Prince William & Prince Harry Say 1994 BBC Interview Led To Princess Diana’s Death
Prince Harry and Prince William are blaming BBC for the death of their mother, Princess Diana. On Thursday, the princes both made statements saying they believe the 1995 interview caused irreversible harm to her life.
Prince William said in a video statement that the reporter, British journalist Martin Bashir, who told the story of Princess Diana, “made lurid and false claims about the Royal Family, which played her fears and fueled paranoia.”
A statement on today’s report of The Dyson Investigation pic.twitter.com/uS62CNwiI8
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2021
“BBC employees lied and used fake documents to obtain the interview with my mother,” said Prince William.
“It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.”
The report was 127 pages long and shows that Bashir got help from a graphic designer to falsify bank statements and checks.
Bashir lied to Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, and convinced him to arrange a meeting with her. By falsifying bank statements and checks, it made it seem as if “members of the Spencer household and the royal household were being paid to spy on Diana.”
The investigation also shows that Tony Hall, former director-general who was BBC’s chief at the time of the incident, took part in concealing information.
Bashir became successful in his career after the interview with Princess Diana and the Royal Family. During the interview, she spoke about her eating disorder, her marriage, which at the time wasn’t stable because her husband Prince Charles was having an affair with his current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. “There were three of us in this marriage,” said Princess Diana famously.
Princess Diana’s statements strained her relationship with the Royal Family and Prince William said it “effectively established a false narrative, which for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialized by the BBC and others.”
Prince William also claimed that if the situation would have been properly investigated in 1995, Princess Diana would have known that “she’d been deceived.”
The news organization has sent apology letters to all who were involved or affected by the interview. Tim Davie, the current director-general of the BBC, spoke out on Thursday and said that the report showed many defects in the organization and the interview process “fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect.”
Bashir resigned from his position on Friday claiming he had to focus on his health after having heart surgery.
Prince Harry said that Bashir’s interview is the reason why his mother lost her life. He argued that news organizations are still using such unethical practices.