BBC ruined Princess Diana and Prince Charles marriage and hurt ‘countless others’, William says

THE BBC ruined Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage, while hurting "countless others," William said.

In an emotional statement, the Duke of Cambridge slammed the broadcaster's 25-year-long "deceit" as he spoke of the "indescribable sadness" the BBC's failures have caused him.

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Prince William said tonight: "The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

"It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

"But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived."

Prince William emphatically slammed the BBC for the Martin Bashir interview and its fallout, insisting: “They let down mum,
her family and the British public.”

In a heartfelt outpouring, the Duke of Cambridge told of his
sadness that his tragic mother had been tricked and
deceived by Bashir, the Beeb and its leaders.

William, who was just 13 at the time of the broadcast and 15 when his
mother died, spoke candidly after the publication of Lord Dyson’s
damning report into Bashir’s web of lies and the BBC’s shameless
cover-up of his behaviour.

It comes as…

  • Martin Bashir blamed for Princess Diana’s death by Earl Spencer in shock new interview
  • Never-seen-before Princess Diana letter to Earl Spencer says ‘it makes complete sense’ after revealing Bashir spy claims
  • Read Prince William's reaction to the BBC probe in full
  • Martin Bashir disguised himself as a tradesman to interview Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, Panorama reveals
  • Bashir faked bank statements and used "deceitful behaviour" to trick Diana into giving the infamous interview
  • Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he takes ‘full responsibility for introducing her to Bashir but was ‘reeled in’
  • The Earl revealed that Bashir’s strategy was to make “everyone untrustworthy” as a way of getting close to him and his sister
  • William’s ‘indescribable sadness’ that BBC failures sparked Diana’s fear & paranoia – and she never knew the truth

Bashir forged bank statements, told Diana she was being spied on and
that Prince Charles was having an affair with Tiggy Legge-Bourke –
Harry and William’s nanny.

He spun malicious tales in a bid to win over her trust and secure a
world-exclusive interview amid her divorce from Prince Charles.

After finally agreeing to speak with Bashir, Diana sensationally
admitted: “There were three of us in the marriage.”

The revelation caused shockwaves across the world and led to the
princess being “cast adrift” and left to fend for herself outside the
royal circle.

Two years later she was killed in a Paris drink-drive car crash.

In emotional revelations from royal sources, the Duke of Cambridge is
said to harbour “sad memories” from the time of the bombshell
interview in 1995 watched by 23million Brits.

And today, Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer says he takes "full responsibility" for introducing her to Martin Bashir.

Ahead of Diana's sensational 1995 interview, Earl Spencer had been "reeled in" by "deceitful" Bashir, who had forged bank statements to gain their trust.

Earl Spencer said on Panorama tonight: "I had warned Diana very clearly and apologised. And she said 'oh don't worry Carlos,' which is what she called me.

"I still take full responsibility for introducing this man to Diana.

"But at the end of the day, I'd done my due diligence. I'm not trying to get off the hook, it's my responsibility."

The Earl revealed that Bashir’s strategy was to make “everyone untrustworthy” as a way of getting close to him and his sister.

In the Panorama special tonight, the broadcaster pieced together the "calculated deceit" that Bashir had deployed to get his Diana scoop.

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