Spencer wants a posthumous apology to his sister, and a contribution from the BBC from the profits it made through worldwide sales of the interview to charities linked to Diana. The BBC hailed it the scoop of a generation. “The person that needs to come forward is Martin Bashir,” Wiessler told Radio 4. After the BBC was accused of faking documents to secure their famous 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana, the network says they are "determined to get to the truth." Spencer questions: “Why did Tony Hall’s inquiry not seek the truth from me? Last week, the new BBC director general, Tim Davie, apologised to Spencer for the use of fake bank statements that purported to show one of Spencer’s employees was being paid for information, but said they had played no part in Diana’s decision to take part in the interview. The independent inquiry will … In the immediate aftermath, a BBC graphics designer said Bashir had asked him to produce fake bank statements that, it was then alleged, could have been used to coerce Diana into conducting the interview. “We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.”. Meanwhile, the BBC is ordering a fresh enquiry. It’s been 25 years since journalist Martin Bashir interviewed Princess Diana on U.K. broadcaster BBC’s Panorama program in 1995. The resulting interview, in which the princess revealed her troubled relationship with Prince Charles, grabbed headlines around the world, but its legacy is now being questioned. A documentary, “The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess,” that aired Nov. 9 on rival U.K. broadcaster ITV now alleges that Bashir may have used forged bank documents that may have helped to secure access to the Princess. These new details came to light as part of the research conducted by journalist Andy Webb, who wrote and directed “Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview,” a documentary that aired on another U.K. broadcaster, Channel 4, on Oct. 21. “He’s the only one that has the answers.”. Prince William has said he welcomes a new investigation into the BBC's 1995 Panorama interview with his mother, Princess Diana. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the interview. image captionAlmost 23 million people tuned in to watch Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana 25 years ago The BBC has promised to "get to the truth" about how it got an interview … By way of a little background, Diana gave a candid interview with Panorama … But we have confirmed that in no way were the documents used to gain the interview with Princess Diana.”. Princess Diana made a desperate call to close confidante Debbie Frank just 24 hours before the BBC Panorama interview with Martin Bashir aired, her astrologer friend has revealed. Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, is on the warpath and is demanding a new BBC investigation. BBC says it has recovered Princess Diana's note about Panorama interview. “I don’t know how you can plausibly tell a story that a graphic designer is to blame for using copied documents as forgery, and I’ve been living with this for 25 years.”. Bashir, now the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent, is seriously unwell and the BBC has been unable to discuss any of this with him. It’s been 25 years since journalist Martin Bashir interviewed Princess Diana on U.K. broadcaster BBC’s Panorama program in 1995. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Princess Diana's Panorama interview 'cut her off, fatally, from the protection of the royal institution,' according to her former private secretary Credit: Rex Features. At the time there were questions over how Martin Bashir, then a young, relatively unknown television reporter, had managed to land such a prize. Charles Spencer’s call for an inquiry into fake documents has reawakened interest in the 1995 BBC programme, Last modified on Tue 3 Nov 2020 15.11 EST. However, Bashir, now the BBC’s religion editor, is not available. The BBC … The forged statements allegedly showed that two senior courtiers were being paid by security services for information on Diana. Late Princess Diana of Wales, in an interview with BBC1 Panorama's Martin Bashir, stunned the world as she gave candid details about her life as a member of the royal family. The BBC launched an internal investigation, headed by Tony Hall, a future director general of the BBC. Who knew the extent of his yellow journalism when securing what Hall calls the interview of the decade … or of the generation?’, In its most recent statement, the broadcaster said: “The BBC has apologised. On November 20, 1995, the BBC managed to pull off a royal coup when veteran Panorama journalist Martin Bashir spoke to Princess Diana in her first solo interview since her … Princess Diana’s former private secretary has said the Panorama interview she did in 1995 led “straight to the night in Paris” where she died two years later.. Patrick Jephson, who worked for the late royal for eight years, said the interview in which the princess made her comment that “there were three of us in the marriage” ultimately led to her death in 1997. Spencer has noted Hall interviewed Bashir alone. In 1995, the BBC's interview with Princess Diana became one of the most-watched television events in history. “Martin Bashir is signed off work by his doctors — he is currently recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and has significant complications from having contracted COVID-19 earlier in the year,” a BBC spokesperson said. “It’s a bit like blaming the pen for writing a nasty letter,” Wiessler told the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ program on Tuesday. 15. Journalist Martin Bashir is alleged to have used fake documents to secure the 1995 interview. “If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister,” Spencer wrote to Davie in October. At the time, Princess Diana was separated from Prince Charles but not yet divorced and there seemed little hope of reconciliation. Diana’s brother has called on the BBC to open an inquiry into her infamous interview with Martin Bashir, that first aired on 20 November 1995 Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell, 62, told The Sunday Telegraph he 'struggled to recognise' the picture of a 'naïve princess' in the Channel 4 documentary about her Panorama interview Spencer claims he was shown other forged documents that wrongly purported to show that two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services for information on his sister. The resulting interview, in which the princess revealed … 31. At the center of the storm is graphic designer Matt Wiessler, who has said that he was asked to create the documents by Bashir and was “made the scapegoat” by a 1996 BBC enquiry into the interview. It completely compromised her relationship with the royal family, who knew nothing of the interview in advance, leaving her isolated from any palace support. Mr Wiessler said in the ITV documentary: ‘In almost a naive way, I thought when you worked for the BBC, you were working for the greater good of everything. Martin Bashir’s astonishing 1995 interview, arguably the most famous Panorama programme, was watched by 23 million people in the UK. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. We are happy to repeat that apology. But in an explosive intervention, Spencer’s reply to Davie, leaked to the Daily Mail, accuses the BBC of a “piecemeal apology”, of “yellow journalism” , of a “whitewash” and of not accepting “the full gravity of the situation”. Prince William is "demanding answers" about Princess Diana's Panorama interview as BBC conducts an investigation. How Royal Family plotted to kill Lady Diana , with PROOF !Read More » https://wikigrewal.comDiana, Princess of Wales, died on Aug. 31, 1997. In turn, he would have remained just one of thousands of journalists hoping that he/she had a tiny chance of getting her to speak to them, with no realistic prospect of doing so.” He reportedly has 10 pages of notes from his meetings with Bashir to back up his claims. Sir Richard Eyre, ex director of the National Theatre, told a Channel 5 documentary, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World in 2020, that he had lunch with the Queen in … Panorama is to investigate itself in a special programme looking into how Martin Bashir secured his historic interview with Princess Diana. Princess Diana during her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC in 1995. Diana didn't ask to see any questions before the interview, but knew the subject areas that would be discussed. The statements were seen by Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, who has said that they were the basis of him introducing Bashir to his sister. Webb had requested documents pertaining to the Panorama interview under Freedom of Information of rules, in 2007, and was finally granted access to them 48 hours before his documentary aired. (BBC) The impact of the Charles and Camilla affair triggered a bout of "rampant bulimia" for Diana. Princess Diana's Panorama Interview Is Still Shocking 25 Years Later: 'There Were 3 of Us in This Marriage'. It found that while Bashir had commissioned the documents, he had discarded them when he was unable to substantiate the information they contained. Why did it bend over backwards to whitewash Bashir? In recent weeks, Spencer has been calling for an enquiry into the matter and has been in touch with Davie. But Patrick Jephson, her private secretary between 1988 and 1996, said: “When Panorama came out, part of my visceral reaction was outrage that somebody should have exploited the princess in this way. 31. She spoke candidly of her postnatal depression, of self-harming, of her bulimia, and admitted she allowed friends to collaborate with the author Andrew Morton on his bombshell biography of her. Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, has called on the BBC to open an inquiry into a landmark interview his sister did with the journalist Martin Bashir for Panorama. 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It is 25 years since Princess Diana bared her soul on Panorama, resulting in the most spellbinding interview seen on British television. He claims it was forged documents shown to him by Bashir that persuaded him to introduce the journalist to his sister. A BBC spokesman at the time said: “It wasn’t a very good idea to have these documents made, and Mr Bashir accepts that. The 1996 inquiry cleared Bashir of any misconduct. Now, her brother has alleged the … The enquiry was headed by Tony Hall, who would go on to become BBC director-general and was recently succeeded by BBC Studios boss Tim Davie. News; Media; Princess Diana interview: Why the famous BBC Panorama appearance with Martin Bashir is under investigation now Some 25 years after it … The fallout was deeply damaging. Panorama: Princess Diana Interview / BBC The Times reports that Mr Wiessler had considered Bashir a friend, and the journalist had asked him late at night to make up the bank statements as a favour. The BBC also said that in a handwritten note – subsequently lost – Diana confirmed she did not see the “mocked-up” documents. Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, has called on the BBC to open an inquiry into a landmark interview his sister did with the journalist Martin Bashir for Panorama. Wiessler says work dried up for him after the enquiry cleared Bashir, but left him out in the cold. In the interview, the Princess of Wales talked about her postnatal depression, self-harming and bulimia. His reply states: “If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister. Diana spoke candidly about her marriage in the BBC Panorama interview. Princess Diana - Panorama Interview 1995 ( IN FULL) - My Veoh It raises questions over the first inquiry, conducted by Lord Hall, who was then the BBC’s director of news and current affairs. The interview took place in 1995 for BBC's Panorama show. Princess Diana’s interview on BBC’s Panorama made waves across the globe when it aired in 1995. The flagship current affairs programme has commissioned a … And, while this was a quarter of a century ago, we absolutely will investigate robustly and fairly substantive new information.”. Prince William and Prince Harry are reportedly ‘angry’ and ‘demanding answers’ over Princess Diana’s Panorama interview Jenny Proudfoot December 17, 2020 4:32 pm Getty Images Conducted during the very public War of the Wales’ – three years after the couple had separated – it blew the lid off their marriage and substantiated many press rumours. The princess is seen speaking in that interview about how she desperately wanted her marriage to work and how she loved Prince Charles, her husband. Twenty-five years later, it remains one of the most-watched and most shocking interviews the world has ever witnessed as Diana gave in-depth details about her life and experiences. 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