Queen’s ‘comfort eating’ habits and health scare – debunked Diana probe claims exposed

Princess Diana interview: Bashir used ‘deceit’ concludes report

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Earl Spencer’s handwritten notes from the meeting on September 19 1995 at a flat in Knightsbridge were given to Lord Dyson for his investigation into the circumstances surrounding Diana’s explosive Panorama interview, which took place later that year. The official inquiry today announced its findings that Bashir used “deceitful behaviour” and was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines to land his scoop with the royal.

Earl Spencer’s eight pages of notes, reported by The Telegraph, detail 38 astonishing claims said to have been made by the journalist to clinch his interview with Diana.

Among the claims purportedly made by Bashir was that the monarch “eats for comfort”.

There is also a suggestion that Her Majesty was unwell, with the notes stating: “Queen ill: heart.”

A reference to Camilla, now the Duchess of Cornwall, says: “Depressed, but quiet for time being.”

Of Sarah Ferguson, Earl Spencer’s notes state: “Fergie gone to US for huge deal today. Andrew looks after her.”

Diana’s brother’s records also include claims she was being followed and that her telephones were bugged.

The notes say: “Bugs on car. Senior police officers making money. 3 lines at KP bugged; mail; read; disinformation down line; line on car bugged.”

Another point adds: “D followed twice in car recently.”

The notes refer to rumours, which were subsequently dismissed, that Prince Charles was in a relationship with Prince William and Prince Harry’s nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

Earl Spencer’s notes also include allegations that there were plans to destroy the Spencer family.

According to The Telegraph, Bashir insists the meeting was brief and only an introduction to Diana.

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The newspaper reported that the journalist claims many of the statements attributed as being made by him were in fact made by the Princess.

Earl Spencer never met Bashir again and assumed his sister would also have nothing to do with him following the meeting, according to the newspaper.

However she went on to give the bombshell interview two months later, in which she famously said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

Key findings from former master of the rolls Lord Dyson’s report, which was published today, include that Bashir breached BBC rules by mocking up fake bank statements and showing them to Earl Spencer to gain access to Diana.

The documents falsely suggested individuals were being paid for keeping the Princess under surveillance.

The report also found the BBC “fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark” in its subsequent investigation in 1996.

In response to Lord Dyson’s findings, Bashir apologised, saying the faking of bank statements was “an action I deeply regret” but added he felt it had “no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview”.

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