Royal scandal! New report claims Princess Diana's brother was misled to secure explosive interview

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Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama in 1995.
Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana in Kensington Palace for the television program Panorama in 1995.
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  • A new report is claiming Princess Diana's infamous 1995 Panorama interview was secured under "false pretext".
  • The explosive interview with the BBC saw Diana reveal everything from her exclusion from the royal firm to her thoughts of Charles' affair.
  • Now, The Sunday Times claims it was Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, who was misled with false bank statement to arrange the interview.
  • The BBC has responded, saying: "Questions surrounding Panorama's interview with the Princess of Wales and in particular the 'mocking-up' of bank statements, were covered in the press at the time."


Remember Princess Diana's explosive 1995 interview in which she addressed everything from her feelings of exclusion from the royal firm to Charles' affair?

Diana sat down with BBC's Martin Bashir in what quickly became one of the most candid and revealing royal interviews, shaking up the royal family.

Now, The Sunday Times has revealed the interview was arranged under "false pretext," reports People, and was secured "after he tapped into her fears that she was being tracked by security services".

Further, the publication claims Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, was the one who helped secure the interview after he was reportedly shown fake bank statements which indicated there was a leak in his team feeding information to the press.

The documents were reportedly given to Martin by one of Diana's security personal, however, according to Tatler, an internal BBC investigation conducted in 1996 concluded: "The BBC has been able, independently, to verify that these documents were put to no use which had any bearing, direct or indirect, on the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales."

The Sunday Times reached out to Martin Bashir and BBC. BBC said in a statement: "Questions surrounding Panorama's interview with the Princess of Wales and in particular the 'mocking-up' of bank statements, were covered in the press at the time. BBC records from the period indicate that Martin had explained to the BBC that the documents had been shown to Earl Spencer, and that they were not shown to the Princess of Wales. The BBC's internal records from the time indicate that Martin had met the Princess of Wales before the mocked-up documentation existed. These accounts also say that the Princess of Wales confirmed in writing that these documents played no part in her decision to give [the interview]."

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