Princess Diana ‘had no regrets’ about bombshell Bashir interview, claims royal expert

Princess Diana friends 'really upset' over royal's portrayal '

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In a new biography about the late Princess of Wales, a royal biographer stated the portrayal of “canny“ Diana as a “vulnerable victim of media manipulation“ is offensive. Royal biographer Tina Brown wrote in her biography of the Royal Family that friends of Diana upheld that she “was pleased” about the interview on Panorama in which she revealed she had an affair while married to Charles, and that there were “three in our marriage” in reference to Camilla.

Friends of the Princess of Wales also noted that Diana “didn’t have a bad word to say about Martin Bashir” despite the interview being secured under false pretences.

Mr Bashir asked a graphic artist who worked for the BBC to produce fake bank statements that showed payments by a newspaper organisation to a former member of staff of Diana’s brother, the Earl of Spencer.

This move was to gain the Earl’s trust in the hope that he would introduce the Princess to Bashir.

Mr Bashir admitted to the fakes but said he never showed them to the Earl of Spencer.

The Dyson report on the interview stated that he “lied and manipulated the lie until he realised that it was no longer sustainable.

“This was most reprehensible behaviour which casts considerable doubt on his credibility generally.”

However, Ms Brown stated ahead of her book’s publication that the image of Diana as a “foolish, duped child” was “offensive”.

She added: “I don’t subscribe to the now pervasive narrative that Diana was a vulnerable victim of media manipulation, a mere marionette tossed about by malign forces beyond her control.

“While strongly sympathetic to her sons’ pain, I find it offensive to present the canny, resourceful Diana as a woman of no agency, as either a foolish, duped child or the hapless casualty of malevolent muckrakers.”

The biographer’s comments on the interview go directly against the words of the Royal Family who have publicly shamed the way the interview was secured and the interview itself.

Prince William stated on camera: “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.

“It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”

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Ms Brown wrote in Vanity Fair about the Duke of Cambridge’s comments stating that “the words ‘indescribable sadness’ can only hint at her sons’ private ordeal, but they also occlude the full picture.”

Gulu Lalvani previously dated the Princess and told Ms Brown that “Diana said she had no regrets about the interview and made clear that she had said exactly what she wanted to say on camera.”

Ms Brown added: “Her ‘purpose’ was to frame herself to the British public as a betrayed woman before an increasingly inevitable divorce from Charles.”

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