Prince William's Panorama comments discussed by experts
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Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito looked at Prince William’s statement on the independent Princess Diana inquiry which found the BBC used “deceit” to secure their interview with his mother. Among his claims were the interview led to the breakdown of his parent’s marriage and ultimately to Diana’s death. But the royal commentators were not convinced he could blame the interview for the marriage breakup and explained their reasons why.
In his public statement, Prince William said: “The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.
“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.”
Ms Bowie was not convinced William could say the relationship was made worse due to the programme and explained her thoughts behind it.
She said: “One thing I learned that really surprised me after reading all of this is Diana got rid of her security, which was pretty robust at the time, after learning about [the fake stories].
“And because of the paranoia from having those bank statement… I read that she got rid of [her security] and replaced it with a private security firm and it was one guy.
“And she was only with one security guard in Paris the night she died so I do think that part they could draw the line from this interview, to ultimately her death.
“But I don’t know if you can actually draw the line from this interview to Diana and Charles relationship getting worse, it feels like that was already really bad.
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“It’s like what is he being told through Charles versus what is what everyone else [knows].”
During her Panorama interview, Princess Diana revealed the affairs within her marriage and memorably said there were “three of us” within it.
She referred to Camilla Parker-Bowles who Prince Charles was cheating on her with.
It was revealed Princess Diana and Prince Charles had separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996 following incompatibility and affairs.
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The Princess of Wales spoke with Martin Bashir and the BBC in 1995.
Prince Harry also released a statement in light of the inquiry findings which was much more scathing of the media.
The statement read: “To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it.
“That is the first step towards justice and truth, yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these – and even worse – are still widespread today.
“Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.
“Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed, by protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life.
“Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”
Mr Bashir who spoke to Diana over 25 years ago is currently working out his notice at the BBC after he was rehired earlier this year.
The journalist is stepping down due to health reasons as he suffered badly from COVID-19 and has undergone several unrelated surgeries.
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