BBC pays Princess Diana's private secretary Patrick Jephson damages

BBC pays Princess Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jephson ‘substantial’ damages and offers an ‘unreserved’ apology for the way Martin Bashir secured controversial 1995 Panorama interview

The BBC will pay Princess Diana’s former private secretary ‘substantial’ damages over the way disgraced Martin Bashir obtained his 1995 Panorama interview.

The Corporation also apologised ‘unreservedly’ to Patrick Jephson today over the bombshell sit down 27 years ago.

A BBC statement said: ‘The BBC and Commander Patrick Jephson have reached a settlement following publication of the Dyson Report.

‘Commander Jephson was the Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales.

The BBC accepts and acknowledges that serious harm was caused to Commander Jephson as a result of the circumstances in which the 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales was obtained, which have become apparent as a result of the Dyson Report.

‘The BBC apologises unreservedly to Commander Jephson for the harm caused to him and has paid his legal costs.

‘The BBC has also paid Commander Jephson a substantial sum in damages, which he intends to donate in full to British charities nominated by him.’ 

The BBC said it has paid Diana, Princess of Wales’ private secretary Patrick Jephson a ‘substantial sum’ in damages and has apologised ‘unreservedly’ to him over the way Martin Bashir obtained his 1995 Panorama interview. Pictured: Diana during the Panorama interview

Pictured: Patrick Jephson, Diana, Princess of Wales’ former Private Secretary

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