Princess Diana: MPs consider separate inquiry into Martin Bashir BBC interview
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MPs may launch their own inquiry into Princess Diana’s Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.
Members on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have asked to be updated with the progress of a fresh BBC investigation into Bashir’s methods to land his 1995 scoop.
The corporation this week announced Lord Dyson, former head of the Court of Appeal, will head up the new probe, to begin immediately.
He said: “This is an important investigation… I will ensure it is both thorough and fair.”
Princess Diana talked to Panorama presenter Martin Bashir in an interview which was a major scoop
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The Mirror understands committee chairman Julian Knight MP is to contact BBC director general Tim Davie within days, before deciding with committee colleagues on any separate inquiry.
Diana’s brother Charles Spencer last week called a 1996 internal probe into the Panorama programme, which cleared Mr Bashir, a “whitewash”.
It was presided over by Lord Hall of Birkenhead, who retired as director-general this year.
Martin Bashir in 2019
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Mr Bashir is accused of using bank statements faked by a graphic designer to claim palace courtiers were being paid for information on Diana.
Earl Spencer went public this month with a raft of allegations against the journalist, now the BBC religion editor, claiming he lied to gain his trust and get introduced to his sister.
The BBC says it has a letter written by Diana saying she never saw the bank statements and they did not persuade her to talk.
Earl Charles Spencer made allegations against Bashir
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Twenty-five years ago, a stunned nation watched as Diana, Princess of Wales poured her heart out on national television. She revealed a royal marriage in crisis, infidelities on both sides and a degree of personal misery that had made her seriously ill
It also says Mr Bashir cannot be interviewed as he is recovering from a quadruple bypass and coronavirus.
Witnesses said he looked “fit and well” when spotted at a garage this week.
Mr Bashir and his family left London last Friday after removal men packed up their £2million home in Maida Vale.