Published On: Thu, Mar 4th, 2021

Princess Diana: Martin Bashir won’t face criminal investigation over documents relating to BBC interview, police say | UK News


BBC journalist Martin Bashir will not face a criminal investigation over documents related to his landmark interview with Princess Diana, the Metropolitan Police has said.

It had been alleged the journalist forged bank statements in order to secure the interview with the Princess of Wales, which aired on the BBC‘s Panorama programme in 1995.

But in a statement, the Met said officers had sought legal advice from internal lawyers, independent counsel, and the Crown Prosecution Service, and determined it was “not appropriate” to launch a criminal probe.

Pic: The Diana interview/ITV
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The interview saw Diana infamously declared that there were ‘three of us in this marriage’. Pic: The Diana Interview/ITV

The documents were alleged to have been used to falsely show payments were made to members of royal staff in exchange for information about the princess.

Diana’s younger brother Earl Spencer has said he was shown the documents and went on to connect his sister with Bashir – something the earl says he would not have done had he not been misled.

Alan Waller, who used to work for Earl Spencer as head of security, claims he was the subject of the false documents and so made a formal complaint to the force.

Met Police commander Alex Murray said the allegations had been “carefully assessed by specialist detectives”.

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He went on: “They obtained legal advice from Metropolitan Police lawyers, independent counsel and from the Crown Prosecution Service.

“Following this detailed assessment and in view of the advice we received, we have determined that it is not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into these allegations. No further action will be taken.

“In this matter, as in any other, should any significant new evidence come to light we will assess it.”

Princess Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer announces a Diana exhibit in downtown Toronto.…
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Earl Spencer has been critical of the BBC

In November, a note written by Diana stating that false bank statements had no role in her decision to speak on camera was found by the BBC, which had initially said the handwritten letter was no longer in its possession.

The Panorama programme was watched by 23 million people and led the Queen to order Prince Charles and Diana to seek a divorce.

They did so in 1996, and the princess was killed in a car crash in Paris the following year.



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