Prince William was in touch with BBC for two weeks over Princess Diana interview with Martin Bashir to demand truth

PRINCE William was in touch with the BBC for two weeks to demand the truth over his mum Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir.

Wills welcomed the probe into the 1995 Panorama interview after being in contact with the Beeb for a fortnight and keeping a "close eye" on the developments.



A source close to Wills, who was 13 at the time, said he had been “informed appropriately” by the BBC, and has been in touch with the broadcaster for two weeks.

The source said: “This is in part about protecting his mother’s legacy, so it is a very personal matter.

“William has kept a close eye on what has unfolded but believes things are moving in the right direction.

“In the end what he wants is the same as everyone else — for the truth to be unearthed and any appropriate action taken.”

The BBC yesterday appointed an ex-judge to lead an inquiry into how Bashir obtained the 1995 Panorama chat.

Mr Bashir allegedly peddled 32 lies and smears to the princess to clinch his explosive interview in which she famously said: "There were three of us in this marriage".

In a break with precedent, William said in a statement: “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.”

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In her November 1995 interview, the Princess lifted the lid on husband Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, famously saying: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls and head of civil justice, will start the inquiry immediately to see if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate.

The BBC has said Diana wrote a note saying she did not see the false bank statements and that they played no part in her decision to give the interview.

However, the corporation said it no longer has a copy of the letter.

A graphic designer who mocked up the documents allegedly used to secure the interview has said he was made “the fall guy” by the BBC and urged the broadcaster to apologise.

Director-General Tim Davie said yesterday: “The BBC is de­termined to get to the truth about these events. Lord Dyson is a highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process.”

Lord Dyson vowed to be “both thorough and fair”.  

Bashir is currently signed off from work as the BBC’s religion editor.

The corporation said: “He is recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and has significant complications from having contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year.”

The BBC will publish the report of this investigation at its conclusion.

A pal of the Princess told The Sun she believes Mr Bashir faked the note.

Simone Simmons, close to the Princess at the time, said: “She never wrote any note — she would not write anything like that."

The probe will begin immediately and the BBC is handing over all of its relevant records.

Bosses at the corporation also denied claims the letter from Diana was forged, with a spokesperson saying there isn't a "shred of evidence to suggest the note from the Princess was anything other than genuine".

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