The sons of Princess Diana and Prince Charles held little back in their responses today to the just released findings of an independent inquiry into the BBC’s infamous 1995 interview with his now deceased mother.
“Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service,” said Prince Harry in a statement on Thursday as the blast radius from Lord Dyson’s six-month investigation continues to grow. “She was resilient, brave and unquestionably honest. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”
Sixth in line to the British throne, the California-based Duke of Sussex continued: To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these — and even worse — are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.
Then the transplanted Royal, who has reminded many of his late mother in the problems he and his wife, the former Meghan Markle have had with the Firm, really let loose.
“Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”
Second in line to the throne, Prince William went beyond his brother and actually stepped in front of the cameras today with his own scathing statement.
“It is my view that the deceitful way that the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said,” the Duke of Cambridge stated, quoting in part from the 127-page inquiry report.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse, and has since hurt countless others,” Prince William added. “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.”
Dyson’s damning report concluded that Bashir “commissioned fake bank statements” that greased the way for the reporter to get to Princess Diana through her brother, Charles Spencer. Dyson went on to write tht Bashir “deceived and induced him [Spencer] to arrange a meeting with Princess Diana” during which he persuaded her to take part in the 1995 Panorama interview. “This behaviour was in serious breach of the 1993 edition of the BBC’s Producer Guidelines on straight dealing,” the report noted.
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