Bashir inquiry: Royal expert discusses Prince William’s response
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Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith reflected on how Prince William is currently feeling after the recent report by Lord Dyson. Lord Dyson’s report concluded that the BBC’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995 was won through deceit. Prince William has since spoken out against the BBC and insisted they contributed to Princess Diana’s regression.
While speaking on the Today Programme, Ms Smith insisted the Duke of Cambridge was sensible and would learn to move on from this news.
She added it would be unlikely the Duke would come out and say he will never have any affiliation with the BBC again.
Ms Smith said: “Prince William and Prince Harry are certainly very angry with every good reason.
“I think a profound apology has very much been in order and there is going to have to be some rebuilding.
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“I would think Prince William and Prince Harry would have difficulty dealing with the BBC.
“On the other hand they know how to move on, Prince William certainly does, I can’t speak for Harry.
“Harry is a sensible young man and he doesn’t strike me as the sort of person to be small-minded to the degree he would say he will never deal with the BBC again.
“I think as an institution the BBC needs to demonstrate that safeguards are in place that would ensure that nothing like this could ever happen again.”
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After the report, Prince William released a statement blasting the broadcast giant.
He said: “It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.
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“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.
“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.
She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.
“It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
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