MPs 'consider separate inquiry into Martin Bashir's BBC Panorama interview with Princess Diana'

MPs may launch their own probe into Princess Diana’s Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, it's been revealed.

Members on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have asked to be updated with the progress of the BBC investigation into the 1995 interview.

Committee chairman Julian Knight MP is set to contact BBC director general Tim Davie within days, before deciding with colleagues on any separate inquiry, according to The Mirror.

It comes after Prince William welcomed the probe into the interview after being in contact with the Beeb for a fortnight and keeping a "close eye" on the developments.

A source close to Wills, who was 13 at the time, said he had been “informed appropriately” by the BBC, and has been in touch with the broadcaster for two weeks.

The source said: “This is in part about protecting his mother’s legacy, so it is a very personal matter.

“William has kept a close eye on what has unfolded but believes things are moving in the right direction.

“In the end what he wants is the same as everyone else — for the truth to be unearthed and any appropriate action taken.”

Yesterday, the BBC appointed an ex-judge to lead an inquiry into how Bashir obtained the 1995 Panorama chat.

Mr Bashir allegedly peddled 32 lies and smears to the princess to clinch his explosive interview in which she famously said: "There were three of us in this marriage".


In a break with precedent, William said in a statement: “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. 

"It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.”

Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls and head of civil justice, will start the inquiry immediately to see if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate.

Meanwhile, Martin Bashir has been dropped from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s public speaking agency in the wake of the Princess Diana scandal.

The BBC reporter was claimed to have been able to earn up to £15,000 a pop for the engagements while on the books of the Harry Walker Agency.

However, his name no longer appears online with the US agency, which also represents big names including the Obamas, Serena Williams and the Clintons.

In the November 1995 interview, which is now under investigation, the Princess lifted the lid on husband Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

She famously said: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Diana admitted to her infidelity with Army captain James Hewitt, and questioned Charles’s suitability as king.

A month later the Queen urged the separated couple to divorce, which they did in 1996.

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