The BBC reporter Martin Bashir who conducted the bombshell interview with Princess Diana that led to her divorce blamed the royal herself for the “smears” he was accused of spreading against the royal family to secure the chat.
Mr. Bashir, who currently handles the religious affairs reporting at the BBC, is under an internal probe for allegedly lying to Princess Diana to secure the 1995 interview in which she famously revealed that there were “three people” in her marriage with Prince Charles.
The investigation was launched in November following the emergence of a series of notes taken by Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, days before the September 1995 interview. Spencer recalled noting down a series of allegations against the royal family at a meeting with Bashir and his sister.
Some of the smears that caused the controversy were that the Queen was ill and on the verge of abdication, that Prince Charles was in love with his children’s nanny, and that Prince William wore a Swatch watch that contained a bugging device.
Meanwhile, in a leaked document that was obtained by the Telegraph, Bashir says the smears made at the meeting were mistakenly attributed to him and were more consistent with remarks made by the Princess herself who confessed at a later meeting with the reporter that she regularly consulted mystics.
Spencer claimed last year that Bashir used forged bank statements which wrongly sought to show that two members of the royal household were being paid by security services in order to spy on Princess Diana.
It’s expected that the probe which is being led by a former judge will be completed in April.