Harry and William criticise BBC's Panorama Diana interview: "Our mother lost her life because of this"

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Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive
Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive

The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge have both criticised the "deceitful" BBC Panorama interview with their mother that "ultimately took her life".

In a video statement, William said that the interview, televised in 1995, was a "major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse", adding it has "since hurt countless others".

"It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her," he said. "But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived."

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Prince Harry said: “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.” He added that the "unethical practices" adopted by the BBC to obtain the interview are still widespread and go beyond just one publication.

"Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed," he concluded. "By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for."

Their statements come after an independent inquiry, led by Lord Dyson, found that interviewer Martin Bashir acted in a "deceitful" way and faked documents to obtain his interview. He commissioned fake bank statements to secure the exclusive – a “serious breach” of the BBC’s editorial guidelines.

“Without justification, the BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark,” the report said.

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