/ 21 May 2021

“Deceitful behaviour” used to secure Diana interview

An investigation into the circumstances around the 1995 bombshell interview with Princess Diana has found journalist Martin Bashir acted in a “deceitful” way by mocking up fake bank statements to gain access to the Princess. There have long been questions about how Bashir – then a relatively unknown journo – secured the interview with Diana where she said, “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”, in reference to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Former Supreme Court judge John Dyson also found the BBC had fallen “short of the high standards of integrity and transparency”, and its own internal probe in 1996 into what happened was “woefully ineffective”. The BBC and Bashir – who earlier in the week left the broadcasting company – have apologised, saying the report showed “clear failings”.

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