William and brother Harry slam BBC over 'deceitful' Diana interview

William and brother Harry slam BBC over 'deceitful' Diana interview

Prince William and Prince Harry have both released scathing public statements in response to an inquiry into their mother's notorious 1995 interview with the BBC.

An inquiry found that BBC covered up "deceitful behaviour" used by journalist Martin Bashir to secure his exclusive interview with Princess Diana, and "fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency".

The journalist was in "serious breach" of the BBC's producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Diana, to gain access to the princess in 1995, the inquiry found.

In response, both of Diana's sons have made public statements expressing anger.

Prince Harry, 36, said in his statement: "Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service.

"She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.

"To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it.

"That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these - and even worse- are still widespread today. Then, and now, it's bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

"Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. 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."

Harry's older brother, Prince William, criticized the BBC for its failings around his mother's Panorama interview, which he says exacerbated her "fear, paranoia and isolation".Latest Post