Wednesday, 25 November, 2020

Prince Harry 'aware' of inquiry into BBC Diana interview

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Adrian Cunningham | 22 November, 2020, 05:11

"Harry is getting regular updates and is aware of everything that is happening", the source told the BBC.

The BBC has promised to "get to the truth" about the events surrounding the Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

Prince William said on Wednesday that the investigation "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". Now, Diana's brother Charles Spencer made renewed claims this month that Bashir used forged statements and false claims to convince the late royal to agree to the interview.

People seem to be taking issue with the fact that Harry has remained silent, but a source close to him is slamming those who are trying to "drive a wedge" between the brothers.

Welcoming the investigation, the Duke of Cambridge said: "An independent investigation is a step in the right direction".

The BBC has appointed Lord Dyson, a former Supreme Court judge, to lead a new inquiry into how the interview was obtained and whether executives covered up any wrongdoing.

According to the BBC, they will investigate whether it's true that Martin Bashir coerced Diana into participating in the interview through the use of false bank documents.

Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to address his grief when he was 28 after feeling "on the verge of punching someone" and facing anxiety during royal engagements.

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The explosive Panorama interview famously featured Diana saying: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded".

The BBC said it will publish the investigation's findings after its conclusion.

The spokeswoman added: "Clearly, if anyone submits new evidence - or the investigation needs to go to particular places - then Lord Dyson will be able to consider that appropriately".

The person familiar with the situation also questioned some British media reports which asked why Harry, living in California with his wife Meghan and son Archie, had not joined his brother in welcoming the investigation earlier.

Those who knew Adeane, who died in 2015 aged 75, after serving as private secretary and treasurer to the Prince of Wales between 1979 and 1985, said the Netflix series was guilty of repeating cliches and inaccuracies about the way Princess Diana was treated in Royal circles.

In a statement they said: "Following the announcement of the independent investigation, the BBC has now recovered the princess's original handwritten note".

The BBC said Bashir, now its religion editor, is signed off work by his doctors because he is recovering from heart surgery and complications related to contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.

Harry was just 12 years old when his mother died in a 1997 auto crash, and 10 when the infamous Panorama interview aired.