Prince William: Panorama interview ‘holds no legitimacy’
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The Duke of Cambridge lashed out at the broadcaster after an inquiry found the BBC had used “deceitful behaviour” to obtain the interview. In a highly personal statement, Prince William said the findings of Lord Dyson’s investigation brought “indescribable sadness”.
He said: “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”
The interview was found to be in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he produced fake documents to gain access to Princess Diana.
Prince William received a letter of apology from the corporation and Mr Bashir but has insisted the programme “should never be aired again”.
Following the report, Prince Harry also issued a statement of condemnation.
Prince William believes his mother’s appearance on the programme was to blame for damaging her relationship with Prince Charles.
He said: “It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parent’s relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.”
The Duke of Cambridge also said the Panorama programme holds “no legitimacy”.
“It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others,” said the Duke.
“This settled narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has written or intends to write about these events.”
Both Prince William and his brother thanked those who have already accepted responsibility for the incident, calling it “the first step towards justice and truth.”
Peter Hunt, an ex BBC correspondent and presenter, said the BBC had never before been “savaged like this by a senior royal”.
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Mr Hunt added that it was a “bold move” by the Duke of Cambridge to “recast his mother’s 1995 Panorama interview as a ‘false narrative’.”
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