Princess Diana Panorama interview: BBC apologises and pays Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson ‘substantial sum’ over way Martin Bashir obtained 1995 interview | UK News

The BBC has apologised “unreservedly” to the Princess of Wales’ personal secretary Patrick Jephson and has paid him a “substantial sum” in damages over the way in which Martin Bashir obtained his 1995 Panorama interview.

In a press release, the broadcaster mentioned it “accepts and acknowledges that critical hurt” was brought on to Mr Jephson because of the circumstances by which the interview with Princess Diana was obtained.

It added {that a} settlement was made following the publication of the Dyson report, which criticised the strategies used to safe the bombshell interview.

Princess Diana’s biographer mentioned Mr Bashir made her imagine MI5 was watching her so she gave the interview as she thought she was a goal

Final 12 months, the report discovered that the BBC lined up “deceitful behaviour” utilized by Mr Bashir to safe his unique interview with Princess Diana.

The BBC mentioned Mr Jephson intends to donate the entire “substantial sum in damages” to British charities.

Fake bank statements relating to News International and Penfold Consultants (Jersey), as published in an Annex to Lord Dyson's independent investigation into the circumstances around the programme. Issue date: Thursday May 20, 2021.
The Dyson report concluded the journalist breached guidelines by mocking up faux financial institution statements and displaying them to Diana’s brother to achieve entry to the princess.

Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir made headlines worldwide as she spoke publicly about her marriage with Prince Charles and famously mentioned “effectively, t. have been three of us on this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” – a reference to Camilla.

The report discovered that the journalist was in “critical breach” of the BBC’s producer tips when he faked financial institution statements and confirmed them to Earl Spencer to achieve entry to the princess.

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Andrew Morton mentioned t. was a “mile-long queue outdoors Kensington Palace” to interview Princess Diana

Lord Dyson, who carried out the impartial investigation, additionally discovered main BBC executives lined up Bashir’s lies in an inquiry they carried out in 1996.

Princess Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, mentioned Mr Bashir received the interview as he “scared her half to loss of life” and made her imagine MI5 was watching her so she did it as she thought she was a goal.

Prince William, right, has revealed how Princess Diana would sing a Tina Turner hit 'at the top of her voice'
BBC says Mr Jephson intends to donate the “substantial sum in damages” to British charities

Following Lord Dyson’s report, Prince William mentioned the interview “contributed considerably” to his mom’s “concern, paranoia and isolation” – and referred to as for the episode to by no means be broadcast once more.

The Panorama interview is ready to be dramatised within the upcoming Netflix collection, The Crown, in accordance with reviews.


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