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BBC names ex-judge to lead probe into 1995 Princess Diana interview

BBC names ex-judge to lead probe into 1995 Princess Diana interview”

It has said former Supreme Court judge John Dyson will lead the investigation which will be carried out after shocking allegations by the late princess' brother Charles Spencer.

The broadcaster's announcement on Wednesday comes after Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, recently made renewed claims that BBC journalist Martin Bashir allegedly used forged statements and false claims to convince Diana to agree to the interview, which according to Reuters, was watched by over 20 million people in Britain.

William, who is understood to have "tentatively welcomed" the investigation, said tonight: "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction".

The independent inquiry, to begin immediately, aims to discover what steps the BBC and Mr Bashir took to land the interview in 1995.

The BBC said the investigation would start straight away and it was handing over "all of its relevant records". "I will ensure it is both thorough and fair".

It will also look at revelations made by Spencer this month about Bashir to the Daily Mail, which said the reporter made "lurid claims" about Queen Elizabeth II, Charles and other royals.

Dyson, who was the second most senior judge in England and Wales, will conduct a full examination of how the BBC obtained the interview, whether the tactics fitted with the BBC's standards at the time, and the extent to which Bashir's tactics influenced Diana's decision to give an interview.

These claims included that Diana's private correspondence was being opened, her auto tracked and phones tapped - described by the Mail as "preposterous lies".

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She famously told him: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded".

This internal inquiry, led by Tony Hall, who went on to become BBC director general, concluded that Bashir was a fundamentally honest individual who "wasn't thinking" when he asked for the bank statements to be mocked up.

Author Robert Jobson's new biography of Prince Charles is claiming the heir to the British throne "desperately" wanted to get out of his own royal wedding to Diana. While the BBC has apologised for the alleged faked statements, it also said they did not figure in the note from the princess. The BBC has said he was seriously unwell after contracting the coronavirus.

The BBC has been accused of a cover-up in a previous inquiry when rumours about Bashir's alleged methods first surfaced.

The Princess tragically died in 1997 in a vehicle crash in Paris.

Bashir, 57, who is now the BBC's religious affairs editor, has not responded to the latest claims.

BBC director-general Tim Davie added: 'The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events'. He has been unable to comment on Spencer's allegations, said the public service broadcaster.



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