Photo: Tim Graham/Corbis via Getty Images
Following a monthslong investigation, the BBC has concluded that journalist Martin Bashir used “deceitful” tactics to procure his infamous 1995 interview with Princess Diana. These documents served as the catalyst for Diana to do the Panorama interview, which the BBC described as “gaining access.” However, the BBC noted that a letter Diana wrote in 1995 said she had “no regrets” about doing the interview, and Bashir did not “give me any information that I was not previously aware of.” Pick your side and guess which Crown episode this debacle will appear in. In an article published on its website, the broadcaster stated that the interview, which had Diana candidly recall her negative experiences with the royal family and open up about Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, “fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect.” (This is the interview where Diana shared her bombshell quote: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”) The BBC also offered a “full and unconditional apology” for airing and publicizing the interview, which occurred on its Panorama program. The investigation confirmed that Bashir had “mocked up” fake bank documents as a way to deceive Diana and her brother, Charles Spencer, by convincing them that a member of Diana’s royal staff was leaking information about her private life to the media. Related
14 Depressing Royal Anecdotes Princess Diana Revealed in Her Tell-All Book
Tags: In a statement to the BBC, Bashir said he was still “immensely proud” of how he handled Diana’s story.