Charles Spencer said he was “not at all satisfied” with the independent investigation requested by the BBC into the manner in which one of its journalists, accused of having falsified documents, obtained in 1995 an intimate and shattering interview with his sister , Princess Diana.
“I told the BBC that I was not at all satisfied with the parameters they set for their investigation into Diana’s interview in Panorama,” he said in a tweet on Friday, criticizing in particular to the British public audiovisual group for limiting the temporal amplitude of the investigation.
The interview, watched by 22.8 million Britons, had the effect of a bombshell: the princess, who died two years later in a car accident in Paris, affirmed that there were “three people” in her marriage – in reference to the relationship Charles had with Camilla Parker Bowles – and admitted to having an affair herself.
Following recent statements by Charles Spencer – who accuses journalist Martin Bashir of having falsified account statements in order to obtain this interview, leading him to believe that two people were being paid in court to spy on his sister – the BBC charged a former Supreme Court judge, John Dyson, on Wednesday to lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the interview.
“If I hadn’t seen these records, I would never have introduced Bashir to my sister,” Spencer wrote in a letter to the BBC, denouncing “dishonest” methods.
The investigation will look into the conduct of Bashir, propelled by this scoop to an international career, and examine the account statements Mr. Spencer refers to. She will also be closely interested in what the BBC knew, and whether the institution had knowingly protected its journalist at the time.
Charles Spencer criticizes the BBC for limiting the investigation to the time of the interview, asking that “Mr. Dyson be free to examine every aspect of this affair from 1995 to present as he sees fit, ”including potential later actions by the BBC to cover his reporter.
On Wednesday, Prince William, son of Diana, greeted him with the launch of the investigation, saying it was a “step in the right direction”.
Diana and Prince Charles had separated in 1992, before divorcing in 1996. The prince, heir to the crown, then married Camilla, in a discreet civil ceremony in 2005.