Lady Di manipulated: the sordid story behind her historic interview resurfaces

This is without a doubt one of Lady Diana’s most memorable interviews. In 1995, she had indeed answered questions from journalist Martin Bashir on the BBC. During this interview, the mother of princes William and Harry had notably said that in her marriage to Prince Charles, there were three people, a reference to Camilla Parker Bowles. Only, we learn years later that if Lady Di had accepted this interview it was because she had been manipulated by the interviewer. Martin Bashir allegedly used fake bank statements to gain her trust and assured her that she was being bugged and spied on by MI5. According to sources close to the case, which the Daily Mail echoes, the journalist would have assured the brother of the princess, Earl Spencer, that he contained information proving these eavesdropping. Friends of Lady Diana have claimed that she is convinced intelligence services are spying on her.

A year after this highly controversial interview, the BBC carried out an internal review to judge Martin Bashir’s behavior. Only, even if the bank statements had indeed been deemed false and falsified by a BBC graphic designer, they would not have helped secure the interview. However, the journalist’s fake bank documents appear to have been designed to exploit the princess’ fears since they showed payments made to Alan Waller, Earl Spencer’s former security chief. However, these payments were never made.

BBC apologizes to Lady Diana’s brother

25 years after the affair, BBC boss Tim Davie apologized to Princess Diana’s brother. A few days ago, the new BBC chief executive reportedly wrote to Earl Spencer to apologize, but refused to open a new investigation into the conduct of interviewer Martin Bashir.


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