BBC to hold inquiry into circumstances behind Diana’s 1995 interview

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Two decades after Princess Diana's death, her younger brother Charles Spencer has shared a rare photo of the late royal.

Earlier in the week, he shared a childhood photo of him and Diana as children.

A graphic designer at the centre of a furore over Princess Diana's 1995 Panorama interview has said he was "angry" at the "utterly unfair" way he was treated by the BBC.

"Many people are, quite understandably, asking why I've waited till now to come forward with the truth about how the @BBCPanorama with my sister came about".

The Guardian reports Charles Spencer claims he only introduced Bashir to his sister after seeing faked bank statements that allegedly showed security services were paying two royal court advisers to give up information on Diana. "Not only knew about it, but that they covered it up".

Lord Spencer has handed over a "dossier" of evidence to the BBC which he said illustrated the full gamut of underhand methods adopted by Bashir, including the use of forged bank statements and the concoction of fantastical stories that played on the Princess's insecurities. Now, Di's brother wants the BBC to investigate the origins of that interview.

He said he was "made the scapegoat" in a subsequent internal inquiry.

Tory MP Julian Knight, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: "This is a very complex and deeply disturbing tale and it is important for public confidence in BBC journalism that a thorough, urgent and independent investigation is carried out and my committee will be watching developments very closely indeed".

The BBC's former head of editorial policy has said it doesn't "make any difference" whether Princess Diana was happy with the way journalist Martin Bashir secured her explosive 1995 interview.

"For the BBC to be faking documents in the interest of getting a scoop raises very serious questions", he told BBC radio.

Earl Spencer has demanded an apology from the BBC.

But she now says the BBC behaved in a "devious and underhand way" and accuses it of being "just as bad" as any paparazzi photographer who hunted her.

The corporation has previously said in a statement that Bashir admitted commissioning the mocked-up bank documents and it is understood the journalist was found to have "done wrong" at the end of the process, but it is not known what sanction, if any, he faced.

Her comment to Bashir that "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded" _ a reference to Charles rekindling his relationship with his now second wife Camilla - was particularly damaging to her husband. "Diana would not have ditched her protection officers, nor tragically ended her life in Paris with a dubious boyfriend in a auto driven by a drunken hotel employee".



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