Prince William has spoken out to say he ‘welcomes’ a new investigation into the BBC’s interview with his late mother that sent shockwaves around the world.
The Duke of Cambridge called the inquiry ‘a step in the right direction’ and said he hopes that the truth about the infamous Panorama interview between Princess Diana and journalist Martin Bashir would be exposed.
An independent inquiry, led by Lord Dyson will begin straight away and to seeks to discover how the corporation and journalist Bashir landed the scoop.
In a statement released via Kensington Palace, Prince William said: “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.”
Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer called for an independent inquiry earlier this month as he accused the BBC of “yellow journalism”.
He claimed Bashir told Diana she was being bugged by MI5 as well as making up a catalogue of lies about the royal family in order to gain access to her.
During the explosive interview, which aired 25 years ago in 1995, Diana famously said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Lord Dyson, the former President of the Court of Appeal of England, is leading the investigation which will examine the events leading up to Bashir’s sit down chat with the royal – that was watched by 23 million people at the time.
The respected judge will interview several witnesses connected to the programme and examine an original BBC investigation into Bashir’s methods.
The BBC’s director general, Tim Davie, said: “The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation.
“Lord Dyson is an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process.”
While BBC News regional editor Bashir, 57, is currently recovering from heart surgery and complications from the coronavirus and has been unable to comment on the allegations.
Prince William’s statement comes amid reports that he is deeply unhappy with the depiction of his parents in the latest series of Netflix drama The Crown.
The fourth season of the drama is rumoured to have provoked anger among senior members of the royal family.
The Times reports that the The Duke of Cambridge believes ‘his parents are being exploited and presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.’
Royal biographer Penny Junor also predicted that Prince Charles would be “incredibly upset” by the series.
She claimed the show was full of inaccurate depictions of events and personalities.
“It’s the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them,” she told The Times.
Ms Junor claimed a scene showing Prince Charles’ great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, telling him the family is disappointed at his relationship with Camilla is “just not historically accurate”.
But Paul Burrell, the former royal butler and friend of Diana, has deemed the latest series “the best yet”.
Actress Emma Corrin, who plays the Princess of Wales, responded to criticism of her part in the drama by saying she ‘understands’ that some people have reacted unfavourably.
During an appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, Emma addressed reports that the royal family aren’t happy with the dramatisation of Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage.
Emma, 24, said: “I understand why people would be upset because this is history. And even with Diana, it’s still very much fresh, everything that happens.
“So I do really understand if people would be upset.”
-- to www.mirror.co.uk