Police refuse to probe BBC over its fraudulently obtained interview
Police refuse to probe the BBC over its fraudulently obtained interview with Princess Diana — despite a fresh call from her brother, Earl Spencer
- Tragic royal’s sibling Earl Spencer claims the deceit ultimately led to her death
- He spoke out days after BBC paid £200,000 in damages to former Palace aide
- Court action forced BBC to pay up over disgraced reporter Martin Bashir’s lies
Police yesterday refused to investigate the BBC over its fraudulently obtained interview with Princess Diana – despite a fresh call from her brother.
The tragic royal’s sibling Earl Spencer is demanding Scotland Yard look anew at what he said lawyers called ‘unlawful and criminal behaviour’ by the broadcaster.
He also claims the deceit ultimately led to her death. He spoke out days after the BBC paid £200,000 in damages to former Palace aide Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
Court action forced the BBC to pay up over disgraced reporter Martin Bashir’s lies that she was having an affair with Prince Charles, and even aborted his baby, to secure his infamous 1995 interview with Diana.
Princess Diana sat down for an interview with BBC reporter Martin Bashir for Panorama that was aired on November 20, 1995. Bashir was subsequently disgraced over the deceitful method he used to gain access to the princess
Earl Spencer, 58, wrote in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday: ‘The question I am repeatedly asked… is why have the police not prosecuted those involved for what various senior lawyers have told me is clearly unlawful and criminal behaviour?’
But a Metropolitan Police spokesman simply repeated its view that an investigation was ‘not appropriate’, adding: ‘There’s no change as a result of the most recent reporting.’
The bombshell interview famously featured the princess telling the world: ‘There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.’
Only last year, the BBC finally stopped denying Bashir’s wrongdoing after Supreme Court Judge Lord Dyson’s independent inquiry.
Earl Spencer, who was also ‘groomed’ by the journalist, believes the deceit led to Prince Diana’s death in a Paris underpass, when the car she was in with boyfriend Dodi Fayed crashed in 1997.
She no longer had Royal Protection Officers, having lost trust in officialdom thanks to Bashir’s lies about a conspiracy against her.
BBC director-general Tim Davie has apologised for Bashir’s tactics, promising that the interview will not be shown again.
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