Princess Diana's Landmark Panorama Interview Was Obtained After Her Brother was "Deceived," a Report Finds

Princess Diana's Panorama interview with Martin Bashir is still talked about today as a landmark moment in her life and in royal history. And now, the results of an independent inquiry have produced a scathing assessment of how the interview was obtained and the BBC's subsequent actions.

The BBC issued an apology today following the publication of a 127-page report by Lord Dyson which concluded that Diana's brother Earl Spencer was "deceived and induced" by Bashir to arrange a meeting with the Princess. "By gaining access to Princess Diana in this way, Mr Bashir was able to persuade her to agree to give the interview," Dyson writes. The report detailed how Bashir used fake bank statements which showed payments into the accounts of royal staff, describing this as a "serious breach" of the BBC's guidelines.

The BBC's director-general Tim Davie said today, "It is clear that the process for securing the interview fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect. We are very sorry for this. Lord Dyson has identified clear failings." The BBC also said that any awards given for the interview would not be retained.


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