Prince William ‘was in touch with BBC for two weeks’ over Martin Bashir probe


Prince William was in touch with the BBC for two weeks over its investigation into Martin Bashir’s interview with his mother, it’s claimed.

The BBC has announced an informal investigation into the 1995 Panorama interview during which Princess Diana spoke candidly about her marriage to Prince Charles.

The Duke of Cambridge has reportedly kept in contact with the BBC over the past fortnight which “put pressure” on the BBC to “ensure it found an authoritative enough figure” to launch the investigation, which it has been announced will be lead by Lord Dyson.

Diana’s brother Earl Spencer had claimed Bashir had created fake documents to purportedly show that those close to the late Princess were selling stories on her.

Prince William this week released a rare statement saying the investigation is a “step in the right direction”.

A source told the MailOnline : “Well of course this is in part about protecting his mother’s legacy, so it is a very personal matter for William. He has kept a close eye on what’s unfolded but believes things are moving in the right direction.

“The BBC has kept him informed appropriately. In the end, what he wants is the same as everyone else – for the truth to be unearthed and any appropriate action taken.”

The BBC has said that Bashir is too ill to comment on the investigation after contracting coronavirus in the summer and later undergoing a quadruple heart bypass.

In his statement, Prince William said: “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction.

“It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.”

Lord Dyson, the former President of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, will immediately begin his investigation into the circumstances around the Panorama interview that sent shockwaves around the world.

The respected judge will interview several witnesses connected to the programme and examine an original BBC investigation into Bashir’s methods which took place in 1996.

The investigation will consider five points, chiefly if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate and to what extent those actions influenced Diana’s decision to give an interview.

It will also investigate what knowledge the BBC had in 1995 and 1996 of “mocked up bank statements purporting to show payments to a former employee of Earl Spencer (and) the purported payments to members of the Royal Households,” the corporation said.