Prince William has released a video statement, responding to a report which found Princess Diana was tricked into an interview.
The BBC set up an inquiry back in November, to look into allegations that Diana’s brother Charles Spencer was deceived into introducing her to journalist Martin Bashir. She then agreed to an interview with him.
It’s understood that Bashir had produced fake bank statements, that suggested Diana’s staff were being paid to provide information about her.
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It then leads to the infamous interview, where Diana gave the comment ‘there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’.
The inquiry has found that Bashir acted with deceit. However, it also condemned the actions of the BBC, for falling short of their own high standards of integrity and transparency.
Diana’s son, Prince William, has also released a statement on the inquiry’s findings, saying that interview significantly worsened his parent’s marriage.
“It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said,” William says in the video.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.
“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.
“She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”
Prince William is calling for the interview to never be used again, and for the BBC to officially rectify the narrative.
The BBC has apologised to Prince William.
A statement on today’s report of The Dyson Investigation pic.twitter.com/uS62CNwiI8
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 20, 2021