It was without a doubt the interview that made the most noise in 1995 among British royalty. Indeed, the journalist Martin Bashir had managed to obtain an exclusive interview with Lady Diana. Only a few months later, we learned that he would have used false bank statements to agree to be interviewed for BBC Panorama. While these accusations had never resulted in launching an investigation, the BBC recently announced that it was going to shed light on this affair. The channel’s chief executive, Tim Davie, vowed the BBC was “determined” to get to the bottom of this. “This is why we have ordered an independent investigation,” he said. A decision that seems to suit Lady Diana’s eldest son, Prince William.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace and obtained by E! on November 18, 2020, Prince William said that “the independent investigation is a step in the right direction”. The 38-year-old father added: “This should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions made by those at the BBC at the time.” As a reminder, during this interview, Lady Diana had let go that during her marriage, there was a third person in addition to her and Prince Charles in the person of Camilla Parker Bowles.
An investigation that comes at the release of the new season of The Crown
This investigation comes as the British royal family has let it be known that it does not endorse the new season of The Crown at all and which evokes in particular the love story between Diana and Charles. Buckingham Palace would no longer put up with “pernicious lies” and “false representations”, according to journalist and specialist in British royalty, Emily Andrews. According to her, the new season of The Crown would be “riddled with factual errors”.
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