Princess William and Harry have condemned BBC and media culture following an independent investigation on Thursday that former BBC reporter Martin Bashir used “fraudulent” means to secure his explosive 1995 interview with their late mother, Princess Diana.
The same investigation further found that the BBC “backtracked on its high standards of honesty and transparency” by covering up fraudulent practices, which involved its close colleagues forging documents to speak to the media.
In a video posted on social media, Prince William (aka the Duke of Cambridge) says the BBC “played in fear of his mother” and fueled [her] Paranoia “in their attempt to take the interview, where Diana finally angered the royal family.
William said, “My view is that the fact that the interview was received fraudulently influenced what my mother said.” “The interview was a big contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has hurt countless others since then.”
The prince said he had “indescribable grief” that “the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to his fears, paranoia and isolation.”
William said he believes the interview is a “false narrative” and should not be re-broadcast.
In a separate statement, Prince Harry described in the media what he called a “culture of exploitation and immorality” as the cause of his mother’s death – which he said is still prevalent.
“Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to the service. She was resilient, courageous and unquestionably honest,” Harry said in a statement Thursday in response to the search results. “The culture of exploitation and the strong influence of immoral practices eventually took his life.
“Thank you for the ownership of those who have taken some form of accountability. This is the first step towards justice and truth,” he said.
“Yet what strikes me deeply is that such practices – and worse – are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than an outlet, a network, or a publication.”
“Because of this our mother lost her life and nothing has changed,” Harry said. “By protecting his legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which he lived his life. Let’s remember who he was and what he stood for.”
In his own explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Harry said he feared the media would be responsible for the deaths of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (aka Megan Merkel), when she became pregnant with her son Archie. Time committed suicide. The result is intense and, they say, unfair media coverage from UK tabloids.
“My biggest concern was the repetition of history,” he said. “I’ve said it on many occasions before, very publicly. When I’m talking about repeating history, I’m talking about my mother.”
The BBC reported on Thursday that its director general Tim Davy had sent a personal apology to Harry, William, Prince Charles and Earl Spencer for the fraud behind the interview.
According to a new investigation, the results of which were released on Thursday, Bashir “deceived” Earl Spencer with false information to get to know his royal sister, which he later persuaded her to do in an interview.
Then when this information was first published, the BBC “concealed how the investigation was carried out [Bashir] He has interviewed and confirmed the suitability of the manner in which he has been employed. ”