Princess Diana’s life was full of moments that the world still remembers today. One such moment was her 1995 “infamous” speech. Panorama Interview with BBC Interview with the BBC has been controversial for some time. The network finally apologized. Prince Charles, Prince WilliamAnd Prince HarryFor the strategies they used to get it.
The Journalist forged documents to get Diana to agree on interview
The interview was done with journalist Martin Bashir and contained candid remarks about Diana’s struggles with an eating disorder and her unhappy marriage to Charles. The Panorama The broadcast went viral instantly and people wondered why the princess was so transparent with such details.
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A separate investigation found that the BBC was not in compliance with its broadcasting standards. “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency”When it came to getting the interview with Diana. The report also found that Bashir forged documents, including a fake bank statement, that caused Diana’s brother Charles to agree to arrange a meeting between Bashir and the princess.
After losing the Defamation Case, The BBC Apologizes
A year later The BBC has finally apologized for airing the interview: “Following publication of the Dyson Report last year we have been working with those who suffered as a result of the deceitful tactics used by the BBC in pursuit of its interview with Diana, Princess of Wales for the Panorama program in 1995, including the matters that were mentioned in court today in respect of Miss Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now Mrs. Alexandra Pettifer.”
Pettifer won a defamation suit against the network after she made false claims about Charles in a 1995 interview. She claimed that Charles had an affair while she was a nanny for her family.
Network Says ‘Panorama’Interview ‘Is A Matter Of Great Regret’
“The BBC has agreed to pay substantial damages to Mrs. Pettifer and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize publicly to her, to The Prince of Wales [Charles], and to the Dukes of Cambridge [William] and Sussex [Harry], for the way in which Princess Diana was deceived and the subsequent impact on all their lives,”The statement was continued.
“It is a matter of great regret that the BBC did not get to the facts in the immediate aftermath of the programme when there were warning signs that the interview might have been obtained improperly. Instead, as The Duke of Cambridge himself put it, the BBC failed to ask the tough questions. Had we done our job properly Princess Diana would have known the truth during her lifetime. We let her, The Royal Family and our audiences down,”The statement was concluded. “Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the program again; nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters.”
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Bashir has since apologised for falsifying the documents, but maintains they are true. “had no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview.” While it’s nice that the BBC has apologized for the way the interview was obtained, many think it’s too little, too late.