Followed by 23 million people on the BBC across the Channel, the interview with Lady Diana by journalist Martin Bashir in 1995 had the effect of an earthquake in the United Kingdom. During this very controversial interview, the former wife of Prince Charles had delivered several explosive revelations about her marriage to the Prince of Wales. “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit tight,” said the mother of Princes William and Harry. This was a fairly explicit reference to the affair that Prince Charles had with the one who later became his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. However, behind the scenes of obtaining this interview was the subject of a scandal across the Channel.
Indeed, Mark Killick, the former producer of the show in which Lady Diana confided in Martin Bashir, had denounced the journalist’s “misleading” methods to get the former Princess of Wales to confide in him. After his revelations, Mark Killick was fired by the British public audiovisual group. “The BBC’s attempt to try and destroy my reputation rather than investigate my concerns shows how desperate the BBC was to hide what happened,” he said. Finally, an independent investigation had revealed the fact that Martin Bashir had falsified bank statements to achieve his ends, thus forcing the journalist to apologize.
The BBC has agreed to pay “significant” damages to the former Panorama journalist who first raised concerns over Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana, Princess of Wales more than 25 years ago https://t.co/00Yd7CUhuB
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 28, 2022
False interview with Lady Di: Mark Killick received “a significant sum” from the BBC
For its part, the BBC also apologized to Mark Killick, while compensating him financially for his dismissal. “The BBC apologizes unreservedly for the defamatory statements made against Mr Killick in 1996 in internal BBC documents during the company’s inquiries into the events surrounding the interview with Diana, Princess of Wales Mr. Killick acted entirely correctly in raising concerns with management about Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.The BBC agreed to pay Mr. Killick a substantial sum under damages and costs, and we wish him good luck for the future”, said the British public audiovisual group in a press release relayed on Tuesday June 28, 2022 by Variety.
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