In an interview with Martin Bashir in 1995, Diana revealed intimate details of her personal life and marriage to Prince Charles.
In the UK, an independent investigation into the circumstances of Princess Diana’s candid interview with Martin Bashir has concluded, showing that the BBC journalist, seeking a meeting, used deceptive tactics and violated the ethical standards of the news company. The BBC has issued a public apology.
The BBC also initiated the investigation in November last year after Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, claimed that fake documents and other falsifications were used in the preparation of the material, designed to encourage Diana to give an interview.
Former Chief Justice John Dyson, who led the investigation, concluded that Martin Bashir, then a little-known journalist, had indeed shown Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, false bank statements made in advance, allegedly indicating that the Cole family paid Diana’s servants to be followed. Bashir did this to encourage Diana to agree to meet with him. As a result, Judge Dyson found that the BBC’s actions did not meet the “high standards of integrity and transparency” that are traditionally considered a hallmark of this broadcasting network.
During the controversial interview, which was watched by more than 20 million British viewers, Diana admitted that during her marriage she had an affair on the side, and shared details about her failed marriage to the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles. Perhaps the interview was one of the reasons why Diana and Prince Charles ended their marriage a few months later.
Last week, the BBC announced that Martin Bashir was resigning from the state-funded broadcaster due to ill health.
Bashir himself apologized, saying that he “did something stupid,” which he “deeply regrets,” but expressed doubt that it was his falsification that prompted Diana to give the interview, media reports. Both of Diana’s sons, Prince William and Harry, welcomed the fact of the investigation as a chance to learn the truth about what really happened.