Panorama 'to investigate itself' over Princess Diana and Martin Bashir interview

BBC’s Panorama is set to investigate its own interview with Princess Diana following allegations that she was lied to in order to agree to speaking to Martin Bashir. 

The 1995 discussion with Bashir proved to be one of the biggest televised interviews of all time, with Diana confirming Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles by declaring: ‘There were three of us in the marriage.’

In an upcoming special, the team are said to be looking into how Bashir managed to convince the Princess of Wales into the discussion at Kensington Palace, amid claims that she was lied to and shown false documents.

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, is said to be one of the interviewers involved in the special presented by John Ware, after he claimed he was convinced by the team that his sister was under surveillance.

Earl Spencer previously alleged that Diana was shown false financial documents as proof a member of staff was leaking stories to the press. 

This, as a result, is believed to have played on the princess’s paranoia in order to get her to discuss her story in her own words. 

Alan Waller, a former employee of Diana’s brother, later went to the police to make a report after being allegedly named in the documents as the ‘spy’. 

Following the allegations made against Bashir last year, former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson was hired by the BBC to launch an independent investigation. 

Bashir has yet to comment on the allegations, after falling ill last August with coronavirus, and subsequently having a quadruple heart bypass operation.

He is still in recovery. 

However, police have confirmed they will not be looking into the interview as a criminal investigation. 

The BBC declined to comment when approached by Metro.co.uk.

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