A quarter of a century after the fact, the first British channel looks back on the way in which one of its journalists had obtained a shattering interview with Diana. A gesture hailed by Prince William.
Prince William has hailed the BBC for launching an investigation into how one of its journalists in 1995 obtained an intimate and crushing interview with his mother, Princess Diana.
“This independent investigation is a step in the right direction”, commented the prince, second in the order of succession to the British throne, Wednesday evening. “This should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and the decisions made by those at the BBC at the time, ”he added.
The interview carried out for the Panorama program and watched by nearly 23 million Britons, had the effect of a bomb: the princess, who died two years later in a car accident in Paris, affirmed that he There were “three people” in her marriage – in reference to Charles’s relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles – and admitted to having an affair herself.
The BBC announced Wednesday that its board of directors had appointed former Supreme Court justice John Dyson to lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the interview. Diana’s brother Charles Spencer accuses journalist Martin Bashir of forging documents to obtain her. He claims Mr Bashir showed him account statements – which turned out to be false – proving that the security services were paying two people in court to spy on his sister.
“If I had not seen these records, I would never have introduced Bashir to my sister,” he wrote in a letter to the BBC, asking for an apology for these “dishonest” methods. The investigation will look into the conduct of Martin Bashir, little known at the time but propelled by this scoop towards an international career, and will examine “the supposed statements of accounts” of which Mr. Spencer speaks. She will also be closely interested in what BBC knew, and if the institution had knowingly protected its journalist.
The couple had separated in 1992, before divorcing in 1996. Prince Charles, heir to the crown, then married Camilla, in a discreet civil ceremony in 2005.