Martin Bashir looks sprightly despite being ‘too ill’ to help BBC Panorama investigation

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Martin Bashir was spotted looking sprightly after it was said he was "too ill" to help with the BBC Panorama investigation.

The journalist is alleged to have told 32 lies to secure his famous interview with Princess Diana back in 1995, and retired judge Lord Dyson has been brought in to head up the BBC's probe into it.

The independent investigation has even been hailed as a "step in the right direction" by the late Princess' eldest son Prince William.

But Martin has not been involved so far. The official word was that he was "too ill" to help with the probe after contracting coronavirus in the summer and later undergoing a quadruple heart bypass.

Martin has come under fire for his BBC Panorama interview with Diana

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But in new pictures obtained by the Daily Mail, the under-fire journalist was spotted out in public for the first time, looking rather sprightly as he charged up his electric Mercedes car.

An onlooker told the publication: "He looked slim and fit, and was walking around no problem. He was with his wife and she got some coffees and they sat talking for a while as the car got its charge.

"He didn’t seem to have a care in the world."

The 57-year-old was wearing jeans and brown shoes with a grey roll neck jumper and sunglasses.

In other snaps, he wrapped up from the cold by throwing a knee-length navy jacket on.

Last Friday, removal men were seen packing up Martin's £2 million family home in Maida Vale, London, as his family left the city.

According to filings at the Land Registry, his house is in the process of being sold.

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Martin was spotted looking fit and well
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Martin, who is now the BBC's religion editor, is said to have told his work colleagues that the Diana scandal is a "sad way to retire".

The BBC has said it wasn't possible to ask Martin questions about the Diana interview because of his ill health, but that he is expected to take part in Lord Dyson's inquiry.

A BBC spokesman said of his health this week: "Martin Bashir is signed off work by his doctors – he is currently recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and has significant complications from having contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year."

Lord Dyson will lead a probe into allegations of forgery, deceit and cover-up surrounding Martin's interview with the People's Princess, who tragically died in 1997.

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