Charles Spencer wants justice for his sister Princess Diana.
In a letter to the director-general of the BBC, Spencer accused the network of “sheer dishonesty” in its bid to secure a now-infamous Martin Bashir interview with Diana in 1995.
The late royal’s brother called on the BBC to launch an inquiry over doctored bank statements, which he says helped get Diana’s participation in the Panorama interview.
Recently, the BBC has apologized for the statements but said that Diana herself had never seen them anyway.
“They had played no part in her decision to take part in the interview,” the network said.
The BBC has said that they would investigate if Spencer can provide new evidence, but he has yet to.
BBC’s royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, called the notes that Earl Spencer made before the interview “astonishing.”
Adding that they appear to record Bashir “spinning lie after lie about members of the Royal Family, and its staff, in an attempt, Earl Spencer says, to win his trust and that of his sister, Diana.”
Some of the other false claims that Earl Spencer says that Bashir told Diana were published by the Daily Mail and include that her bodyguard was plotting against her, her phones were being tapped. that Prince Edward was seriously ill and that Prince Charles was on a “secret holiday” with nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
Now the BBC News religion editor, Bashir, 57, has been suffering from complications due to COVID-19 in the last month and has been unable to comment on the matter.
The Panorama interview, which was watched by nearly 23 million people at the time, featured Diana famously saying, “There were three of us in this marriage,” referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles during their separation before their divorce in 1996.