Prince William has called an investigation into claims that his mother Princess Diana was tricked into agreeing her bombshell 1995 BBC interview a "step in the right direction". This bombastic interview put Lady Di at odds with the royal family once and for all.
Britain's Princess Diana wears the Spencer tiara as she and Prince Charles attend state dinner at Government House in Adelaide, Australia, in 1985.
And he promised Bashir a "thorough and fair" investigation after claims the reporter landed Diana's trust by faking two bank statements. The extracts were produced by designer Matt Wissler at Bashir's request.
William, who is second in line to the throne, said in a statement that the investigation was "a step in the right direction".
The result was the interview in which she said: 'There were three of us in this marriage'. Spencer alleged that Bashir showed him "false bank statements" to back up his allegations.
Prince William spoke out in support of the investigation into BBC journalist Martin Bashir.
In response to the Sunday Times report, the BBC previously said that internal records from the time of the interview showed "that the Princess of Wales confirmed in writing that these documents played no part in her decision to give [the interview]". Spencer claimed that Diana's phone was bugged and her aides were spying on her.
Publishedduration20 minutes agoimage caption Martin Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana was broadcast in 1995
The new inquiry led by a former Supreme Court justice will focus on how the broadcaster obtained the interview and whether executives covered up any wrongdoing.
Bashir, who is now the BBC's religion editor, is recovering from heart surgery and complications related to COVID-19, and has been unable to comment on the matter.
And Davie added: "The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation".
The charity campaigner claimed "fraudulent documents" were used to "persuade" Princess Diana into taking part.
Bashir has made no public comment to media and the BBC says the journalist, who gained global renown from the Diana interview and is the corporation's religious affairs correspondent, is now on sick leave, recovering from heart surgery and from contracting Covid-19.
Lord Dyson will also look into how much BBC bosses knew about the interview and whether there was a cover-up, saying: "This is an important investigation which I will start straight away". Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996 and she died in a vehicle crash in Paris the following year.
"However, we think it is essential that the BBC ensures that the concerns raised about this programme are investigated thoroughly", it said in a letter to the broadcaster.