Last week, the BBC launched an independent investigation to find out how its journalist Martin Bashir, accused of falsifying documents, he obtained the so-called “interview of the century” with the Princess Diana, in 1995.
In that interview, the Princess of Wales spoke of the breakdown of her relationship with him Prince carlos, this affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and he also accepted to have been unfaithful during his marriage.
Twenty-five years after that, Lady Di’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, accused Bashir of having forged documents to convince his sister.
But not only that, a new Channel 4 documentary titled The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal, adds that the journalist even told the princess that the security forces were planning to assassinate her.
According to Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, Bashir would have told the princess “They are going to get rid of you”In addition, he would have shown her a supposed bank statement linked to them, to convince her to speak.
Morton also claimed that Bashir “played on the princess’s fears that her Private Secretary Patrick Jephson was in cahoots with his counterpart on Prince Charles’s team, Major Richard Aylard “, according to the Daily Mail.
“[Bashir] she was feeding her stories that left her, and I’m quoting one of Diana’s confidants here, ‘terrified, horrified,’ ”Morton said.
The journalist, who today is the BBC’s religion editor, was accused by the princess’s brother of having shown him bank statements – which turned out to be false – to prove that the security services paid two people to spy on her.
“If I hadn’t seen these statements, I would never have introduced Bashir to my sister.”he wrote in a letter to the BBC, apologizing for these “dishonest” methods.
“The BBC is determined to get to the bottom of the matter and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation,” said its new CEO, Tim Davie.
The investigation will examine the conduct of Bashir, which this exclusive propelled internationally, and will examine the “alleged bank records.” It will also take a closer look at what the BBC knew and whether the institution knowingly protected its journalist.
Diana’s eldest son, Prince William he also supported the investigation. “This independent investigation is a step in the right direction,” he said in a statement released by Kensington Palace on Wednesday night.
“It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and the decisions made by those who were at the BBC at the time,” he added.
Diana’s interview, one of the greatest firsts of the 20th century, uncovered the intimate life of the royal family. The couple had separated in 1992, before divorcing in 1996.
Carlos married his lover Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.