Piers Morgan claims BBC has 'blood on its hands' over Princess Diana's Panorama interview

·2-min read

Piers Morgan has blasted BBC officials, claiming they have "blood on their hands" over Princess Diana's infamous Panorama interview in 1995.

The beloved British royal's chat with journalist Martin Bashir remains one of the most explosive royal interviews in BBC history, but on Thursday, former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson concluded that Bashir made a "serious breach" of the BBC's editorial guidelines by creating false bank statements to manipulate the then-Princess of Wales and her brother, Earl Spencer, into giving the interview.

Lord Dyson concluded Bashir "deceived" his way to secure the interview that made his name, and suggested BBC bosses "fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark".

On Thursday night, Panorama aired a special episode in which its team carried out its own four-month investigation into the interview, and after its broadcast, former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers took to Twitter to weigh in.

"Tonight's Panorama was shocking - but mainly because it's taken the BBC 25 years to finally tell the truth about the Bashir/Diana scandal," he wrote. "They have blood on their hands because that interview propelled Diana on a path to her death. A shocking, criminal abuse of public money."

Earl Spencer told the new Panorama programme that he believes the sit-down chat contributed to Diana's tragic death two years later in 1997.

"The irony is that I met Martin Bashir on the 31st of August 1995, because exactly two years later she died, and I do draw a line between the two events," he said. "It's quite clear from the introduction that I sat in on the 19th of September 1995 everyone was going to be made untrustworthy, and I think that Diana did lose trust in really key people.

"This is a young girl in her mid-30s who has lived this extraordinarily turbulent and difficult time in the public eye... She didn't know who to trust and in the end, when she died two years later, she was without any form of real protection."

The BBC officials and Bashir have apologised for their conduct, and network bosses are to return a BAFTA they won for the show in 1996.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting