A Handwritten Note from Princess Diana Claiming She Wasn't Manipulated Into Her BBC Interview Has Gone Missing
From Marie Claire
More than 25 years after Princess Diana's explosive interview with BBC1 Panorama, the seat is once again the focus of controversy.
A new Channel 4 documentary, Diana: The Truth Behind Interview, has reiterated that Bashir manipulated the late king or forced him to participate in the full-length interview in which she talked about the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles.
The BBC investigated similar reports shortly after the interview was first aired in 1995, alleging that Diana wrote and signed a letter as part of her investigation confirming that no coercion had occurred. However, this letter has since disappeared.
In 1995, Princess Diana rocked the royal family - and TBH the whole world - when she gave an explosive interview on BBC1 Panorama. During the interview with journalist Martin Bashir, she openly discussed the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles, including the role his infidelity played in their separation. "There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit full," she famously explained.
Now, 25 years later, the Channel 4 documentary Diana: The Truth Behind Interview claims that Bashir may have manipulated the late king into forcing her to attend the interview. According to the Daily Mail, Bashir was "a relatively unknown reporter at the time," and the new investigative documentary claims he faked bank statements to get Diana to agree to the career interview. In particular, the doctor is investigating allegations that Bashir created forged documents that made it appear like a former member of Diana's household was paid to publish stories.
This is not the first time such claims have been circulated. The BBC initially investigated the problem just a few months after the interview aired when stories first surfaced that Bashir may have forged documents and coerced the king. Diana, who was alive at the time of the BBC's investigation, apparently wrote and signed a letter confirming that no documents had been shown to her by Bashir. However, this letter has apparently disappeared.
"The BBC's internal records from this period indicate that the Princess has confirmed in writing that these documents were irrelevant in her decision to give the interview," the BBC said in a recent statement to the Telegraph. "The BBC no longer has a physical copy of this note. However, its existence is documented on record and was seen by management at the time."
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