Prince William launched an unprecedented attack on the BBC over his 1995 remarks Panorama interviewed by his late mother, the BBC apologized for his actions.
The prince, who is vice-president on Thursday, said the talks between Martin Bashir and Diana, Queen of Wales, had further strengthened the relationship between his parents, who split in 1992 and decided to divorce in 1996, after talks.
The prince speaks after asking that Bashir lied to get in touch with the queen in 1995, using deceptive tactics posed by an “insignificant” internal investigation by Lord Tony Hall, who later became a senior-radio host.
The prince said Bashir’s treacherous approach to the interview “had a profound effect” on what his mother had said in an interview, saying the marriage was “filled” with the relationship between Prince Charles, her husband, and Camilla, who is now his wife.
“These questions have helped to deepen my parents’ relationship and have hurt many others,” Prince William said in a statement, which was also broadcast on ITV News, the BBC’s arch-enemy.
The program of reports in an interview with Lord John Dyson, a former UK Supreme Court judge, he was published Thursday and described the dangers of using false documents for Bashir to gain access to the queen, before repeatedly lying to cover up her actions.
The prince said it gave him “unspeakable grief” to realize that the BBC’s failure had “deeply contributed” to the “fears, emotions and isolation” he remembers from his last years with him.
Much to his chagrin, he continued, was that if the BBC had properly analyzed the grievances and concerns that were first aired in 1995 his mother, who died in August 1997, would have known he had been deceived.
“He failed not with an unscrupulous journalist but with BBC leaders who look the other way instead of asking difficult questions,” he said. “I’m sure this Panorama This application is invalid and should not be re-broadcast. It contained false information that, for more than 25 years, had been sold by the BBC and others. ”
Even after more than a quarter of a century, government inquiries have tarnished the image of the UK’s local radio station and some of its senior and former officials.
Diana’s interview with Bashir, published in the company’s research program, became one of the biggest challenges of her time. She also added her comment, “there were three of us in the wedding, so there were a lot of people”, referring to what her husband, Prince Charles, does with his fiancée, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
According to the investigation, Bashir wrote a business lie and showed it to Diana Charles’ brother, Earl Spencer, trying to persuade him to help Bashir reach him. The documents show that the royal family was paid to take care of the princess.
Bashir, who resigned last week, said the false documents were “something I regret” but also said it did not affect Diana’s decision to take part.
Dyson’s findings contradict Hall and his role in the 1996 internal investigation into Bashir’s actions, which confirmed that Bashir was “an honest and respectable man”. Dyson said that by failing to refute Bashir’s “false and unknown lies” he neglected to review his account with Spencer.
Hall was chief of news and current affairs during the internal investigation, and continued to lead the BBC for seven years until he resigned last year. He remains a chair of the National Gallery.
Dyson has found that Hall “could not have imagined” that Bashir was sincere. They also deny the BBC’s claims that their wrongdoings were not hidden and that they are accountable to foreign journalists.
“Without justification, the BBC has failed to adhere to high standards of honesty and transparency,” wrote Dyson.
Hall apologized Thursday and said “seeing” there were other ways “we could have done it.”
“I was wrong to give Martin Bashir a chance to doubt,” he added.
Lord John Birt, the BBC’s chief of staff at the time of the interview, said it was now clear that there was a “cruel journalist” in Panorama who “wrote a very detailed but false story about his dealings with Earl Spencer and Diana, Princess of Wales”.
“This is a shocking obstacle to the BBC’s unwavering commitment to honest journalism; and it is with great sadness that it has taken 25 years for the whole truth to be known,” he added.
Tim Davie, Hall’s successor as director-general, acknowledged that the BBC was “lacking in what the audience had the right to expect”.
“The BBC must have worked very hard to achieve what was happening at the time and to be more transparent about what it knows,” he said. “While the BBC will not be able to recoup it after a quarter of a century, we can fully apologize. The BBC is offering this today.”