Prince William ‘believes Diana would never have given an interview to Martin Bashir without manipulation’ – Daily Mail | Region & Cash

Prince William “believes Diana would never have agreed to a Panorama interview without manipulation by Martin Bashir” and is “frustrated” by the BBC’s failure to address the “false narrative” it has established.

The Duke of Cambridge is said to be “frustrated” and still feels “very hurt and hurt” over the 1995 Panorama interview.

The interview, seen by 23 million people, saw Diana declare “there were three of us in this marriage,” causing a worldwide sensation.

It’s widely believed to have contributed to her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996 – a year before her fatal car crash at the Tunnel de l’Alma in Paris.

William believes the BBC has failed to address the “false narrative” established by Bashir’s interview, the Sunday Times reports.

Bashir showed fake bank statements to Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, to gain access to the princess.

These statements indicated that Earl Spencer’s former security chief received money from a tabloid and the security services to spy on Earl Spencer and Diana.

Bashir then tricked her by telling a series of lies, including insults that Prince Charles was having an affair with then-royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke – now Alexandra Pettifer – and that she became pregnant and had an abortion as a result.

Prince William believes his mother, Princess Diana, would not have consented to an interview with Martin Bashir without his manipulation

Diana during her interview with BBC journalist Bashir, who tricked her with a series of lies

Diana during her interview with BBC journalist Bashir, who tricked her with a series of lies

Alexandra Pettifer, better known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke, a former nanny to the Duke of Cambridge, was pictured outside the High Court on Thursday after the BBC agreed to pay her substantial damages

Alexandra Pettifer, better known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke, a former nanny to the Duke of Cambridge, was pictured outside the High Court on Thursday after the BBC agreed to pay her substantial damages

Pictured: Princess Diana in 1995. In the interview, which was seen by 23 million people, Diana explained:

Pictured: Princess Diana in 1995. In the interview, which was seen by 23 million people, Diana explained: “There were three of us in this marriage.”

Bashir showed Earl Spencer fake bank statements in 1995 to gain access to the princess and then tricked her by telling a series of lies.  in March 1996, Bashir admitted to BBC bosses that he had lied about not showing anyone the fake bank statements

Bashir (left) showed Earl Spencer fake bank statements to gain access to the princess in 1995, then tricked her by telling a series of lies

Tunnel de l'Alma in Paris, where Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997

Tunnel de l’Alma in Paris, where Princess Diana died in a car accident on August 31, 1997

How the BBC was finally forced to admit Bashir’s cheating

31 AUGUST 1995: BBC Panorama journalist Martin Bashir meets Earl Spencer and shows him fake bank statements mocked for him by freelance designer Matt Wiessler.

SEPTEMBER 19, 1995: The Earl introduces Bashir to Princess Diana.

NOVEMBER 5, 1995: The sensational Panorama interview with Diana is broadcast.

END OF NOVEMBER 1995: Wiessler expressed concern to the Panorama series producer that the fake bank statements may have played a role in obtaining the interview. Bashir is asked for clarification.

DECEMBER 22, 1995: Bashir hands over a note from Diana to his bosses, in which she says, “I have not been shown any documents or given any information by Martin Bashir that was not already known to me.”

MARCH 23, 1996: Bashir admits to BBC bosses he lied about not showing anyone the fake bank statements. But two months later he received a message – initialed by Tony Hall, then BBC News boss – that his dealings with Diana were “absolutely honest and fair”.

April 7, 1996: The Mail on Sunday runs a story about the forged statements. The BBC denies they were used to get the interview, but Hall is launching an investigation.

April 25, 1996: Hall tells the BBC governors that Bashir commissioned falsified statements because “he didn’t think twice”, adding: “I believe he is an honest and honorable man despite that mistake.” Bashir leaves the BBC, returns but returned in 2016 as editor for religious affairs.

08/28/1996: Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles is finalized.

08/31/1997: Diana dies in a car accident in Paris.

NOVEMBER 3, 2020: The Daily Mail publishes a letter from Earl Spencer accusing the BBC of ‘outright dishonesty’.

11/18/2020: The BBC is asking former Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson to independently investigate the scandal.

MAY 20, 2021: Lord Dyson’s report condemned Bashir as “dishonest” and criticized Hall’s investigation as “flawed”. Prince William condemns BBC’s ‘incompetence’

JULY 21, 2022: The BBC is paying around £200,000 to royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke and admits she was subjected to ‘baseless’ slander from Bashir.

This week the BBC paid around £200,000 to Ms Legge-Bourke for the “shocking” smear campaign Bashir made against her as part of his campaign to secure his now discredited interview.

The BBC also issued a humble apology, with company boss Tim Davie pledging never to show the program again.

Miss Legge-Bourke’s solicitor, Louise Prince, had previously told the court that the allegations caused “serious personal consequences for all involved”.

Ms Prince said Ms Legge-Bourke had not known the source of the allegations for the past 25 years but that it was now likely that the “false and malicious allegations were made as a result of and in connection with the BBC Panorama’s efforts to secure a obtain, an exclusive interview with Diana, Princess of Wales was created.

The company’s general manager, Mr Davie, issued a public apology to Charles, William and Harry, and to Miss Legge-Bourke herself “for the manner in which Princess Diana was deceived and the resulting impact on all of their lives”.

He agreed with the Duke of Cambridge’s comments that the BBC “didn’t ask the tough questions” and admitted it was “deeply regrettable” that bosses “didn’t get to the facts”.

The Bashir scandal was reignited in November 2020 when the Daily Mail published revelations about the subterfuge used by the BBC reporter to get his information.

Then, in May 2021, Lord Dyson’s damning report found that an internal investigation into Bashir in 1996, led by Lord Hall, who was then head of news and current affairs and later became the company’s general manager, was woefully ineffective .

It also ruled that the BBC had covered up what they knew. In today’s article, Earl Spencer asks: “Who knew then about Mr Bashir’s work at the BBC?” He adds: “In a story of such unique importance as this, it is reasonable to believe that the chain of command actually went very high must be – beyond Panorama to the upper echelons of the BBC.”

He points out that Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, exactly two years to the day after he first met Bashir, without “royal protection officers on hand” as she chose to rely on the services of them who she could have implicitly trusted with her safety’.

On Friday night Earl Spencer said he was groomed by disgraced BBC reporter Martin Bashir as he renewed his call for Scotland Yard to investigate the channel.

Writing exclusively for The Mail on Sunday, Earl Spencer called on the Metropolitan Police to “reconsider their responsibilities” and launch an investigation, as he revealed lawyers had told him “unlawful and criminal conduct” had been committed by BBC figures be.

In a series of scathing comments, Earl Spencer said only the police “have the power to get to the bottom of this horrific scandal” as he detailed how Bashir deceived him over three weeks to get close to his sister .

Last year, following a devastating report by former Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson, the Met considered opening an inquiry into a range of possible crimes, including forgery, misconduct in public office and extortion. But in September the force said it had “not identified any evidence of activity that constitutes a criminal offense and will therefore not take any further action”.

The decision has prompted Earl Spencer, 58, to continue his campaign to get justice for his sister.

He wrote: “The question I keep getting asked by concerned members of the public who are angry at what my sister has been going through is why haven’t the police prosecuted those involved for what is clearly unlawful and criminal conduct, how various senior lawyers have told me?

“I hope the police will reconsider their responsibility in this matter. Only they have the power to get to the bottom of this horrific scandal that left Diana feeling even more exposed and lonely, leading her to forsake those who cared for and protected her.”

Earl Spencer’s insistence that the Met investigate the scandal represents one of the first major tests for the force’s new commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley.

It’s also a devastating blow to BBC bosses, who hope a series of reparations payments to Bashir’s victims would allow the company to put its biggest scandal behind.

The affair also threatens to continue to haunt Mr Davie as he seeks to save on the royalty and make drastic cuts.

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