Martin Bashir: Michael Jackson's nephew calls for investigation
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Martin Bashir has been condemned by the Firm following an independent report by former senior judge, Lord Dyson. The report revealed that Mr Bashir and the BBC used fraudulent activity to secure what is now referred to as ‘that bombshell interview,’ with the Princess of Wales in 1995. In the interview Diana said that Prince Charles was having an affair, her cries for help were being ignored by the Palace when her mental health was in decline, her husband at the time was not fit to be king and that she herself had had an affair. The fallout from the interview resulted in the Queen breaking royal protocol.
She wrote a personal letter to Diana and demanded that her and Charles get a divorce.
Two years later the Princess of Wales was killed in a tragic car accident alongside her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed.
However, according to author Will Self, the Queen herself never considered sitting down with Mr Bashir – even after Diana passed away.
In Netflix’s 2017, documentary ‘House of Windsor: Fire, Feuds & Fury,’ Mr Self recalled the days following the much-loved royal’s death.
He said: “It was up to Tony Blair to do something.
“He sort of held the Royal Family’s hand to speak publicly.
“The Queen did not have to do much.
“She did not speak to Martin Bashir and she did not have to speak to the nation.”
Mr Self explained when Diana was cast of the Firm she started rubbing shoulders with politicians.
Diana also held secret meetings with Mr Blair, where they would “exchange tips on how to garner public support”.
He believed that the “week after Diana’s death,” was a “pinnacle point in modern history,” because the “British ‘stiff upper lip’ was to be cast away,” and that “we were all going to bear our breaths, emote and share our grief in public”.
Moreover, when Diana died, the Royal Family stayed at Balmoral as the nation was in mourning.
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The Queen had not addressed the public to talk about the accident and her silence almost took down the monarchy as public grief turned into outrage.
Her silence prompted Mr Blair to have a crisis meeting with the Firm and he encouraged the Queen to write a speech.
Mr Self continued: “She [the Queen] spoke for two minutes then suddenly she was everyone’s favourite granny again.”
At Diana’s funeral, the Royal Family were seen wearing black as the nation came together in grief.
Mr Self added: “The Queen bowed her head at Diana’s funeral which is her most powerful asset – when you are known for doing very little, very little can actually say a lot.“
Lord Dyson’s report concluded that Mr Bashir used fake cheques to convince Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, that his sister’s staff were selling stories to the press.
This resulted in the Princess of Wales secretly recording a BBC Panorama interview that was watched by over 20 million people.
Prince William issued a statement saying that the “BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her [Princess Diana] fear, paranoia and isolation,” that he “remembered in her final days”.
And Prince Harry believes that “the ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her [Princess Diana] life”.
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