By Hank Berrien
After more than 25 years, the BBC has apologized for the infamous 1995 interview that BBC correspondent Martin Bashir conducted with Princess Diana, acknowledging Bashir lied repeatedly to Diana and even commissioned false bank statements to buttress his claims that her close friends were betraying her, and the BBC covered up for Bashir afterward.
The BBC “has sent personal letters of apology to Prince William, Prince Harry and other royals,” The Daily Mail reported, adding, “The BBC is also returning all awards the explosive interview accrued, including a Bafta TV gong won in 1996.”
The BBC reported, “The programme, which attracted a UK audience of 23m, was a career-defining moment for reporter Martin Bashir. But after accusations resurfaced last autumn that Bashir misled the princess to gain her trust, the BBC established an inquiry led by the former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson. That inquiry has judged Bashir to be ‘unreliable,’ ‘devious,’ and ‘dishonest.’”
After a six-month investigation, Lord Dyson stated, “Mr. Bashir deceived and induced him [Earl Spencer] to arrange a meeting with Princess Diana. By gaining access to Princess Diana in this way, Mr. Bashir was able to persuade her to agree to give the interview. This behaviour was in serious breach of the 1993 edition of the BBC’s Producer Guidelines on straight dealing.”
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