Now that Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has opened up about the alleged blatant manipulation of him and his sister by Panorama and the BBC, an investigation is underway. "The sheer dishonesty" of how Charles was tricked into allowing Martin Bashir access to his sister has finally come to light and the late Lady Diana's son, Prince William, has something to say about it.
Shocking Allegations Against the BBC For Princess Diana Interview
Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has come forward to demand an inquiry into the BBC for falsifying bank statements to get access to Diana. According to the Mail on Sunday, Charles stated: "If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister."
He not only wants an investigation but an open apology: "one directed to Diana; to all who were so grossly lied to - including a global audience; and to me. For Bashir to claim that he showed me any false bank statements after I introduced him to Diana is a lie..."
The BBC graphic designer Martin Bashir hired, has admitted he forged bank documents at Bashir's request to appear as if payments were being made to Diana's staff for information. The BBC has published a partial apology stating, "The suggestion of criminal activity is a serious allegation, but in these circumstances, a risible one."
Now after Charles Spencer's behest, the BBC has agreed to an investigation into the events and actions taken leading up to and surrounding the "interview of the century." The BBC has officially appointed Lord Dyson, a former judge, barrister, and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to lead the investigation.
Prince William Responds To Investigation Into Princess Diana Interview
According to Hello!, Princess Diana's eldest son Prince William has officially broken his silence on the situation at hand. Kensington Palace has released a statement from the Duke of Cambridge stating, "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction."
The Prince is now publicly supporting his uncle's efforts to learn the truth and stated, "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."
The director of the BBC Tim Davie, who Charles reached out to directly, has now released a statement saying, "The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation." Lord Dyson added, "This is an important investigation which I will start straight away. I will ensure it is both thorough and fair."
We will have to wait and see what the results of the investigation are and if there will be a formal apology that Charles and Princess Diana's family seek.