Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer says he was ‘groomed’ by BBC’s Martin Bashir
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BBC should face police investigation, says Diana’s brother
Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, who Martin Bashir showed fake bank statements suggesting his staff betrayed her and falsely said Charles impregnated William and Harry’s nanny, directly linked his famous BBC Panorama maintenance until his death. Spencer has also called for a police investigation into the BBC and Bashir, who he says “groomed” him for access to his sister.
Police have previously said there is not enough evidence to open a criminal investigation into Bashir, but, writing in the Mail on SundaySpencer urged them to reconsider.
Her new intervention came days after the BBC apologized to Tiggy Legge-Bourke for the “false and malicious” allegations made by Bashir to Spencer that she had become pregnant with Prince Charles and had an abortion. She was awarded approximately $240,000 in damages.
Spencer writes in the Sunday paper: “I feel like I’ve been groomed…I’ve been shown fake bank statements; I have been told of sneaky payments, espionage and appalling deceptions. But, all along, I was the one who was tricked into getting Mr. Bashir to reach my late sister.
He added that Diana was “extremely vulnerable” at the time because secret information was appearing in the press. He speculated that she may have been one of the first victims of phone hacking.
He then directly linked the interview to his death.
He added: “The agonizing lies told to her by the BBC before their cameras finally rolled ensured that she came into this Panorama interview with a very skewed and false view of the situation she was in. was, after having lied several times.
“It got her talking in a way that put her on a path where she was without proper protection when she needed it most. All those responsible must be held to account. »
“I hope the police will reconsider their responsibilities in this case. They alone have the power to shed light on this terrible scandal, which has led Diana to feel even more exposed and alone.”
— Earl Spencer
He added: “I hope the police will reconsider their responsibilities in this matter. Only they have the power to get to the bottom of this terrible scandal, which made Diana feel even more exposed and alone, and tricked her into giving up those who cared about her and would have protected her.
Diana gave up the UK police protection she was entitled to in favor of her boyfriend Dodi Fayed’s private security team after the interview.
There is also coverage of the interview in The temperature, which reports that Prince William is “frustrated” by the BBC’s refusal to completely disavow the interview. Although the BBC pledged to no longer rebroadcast the interview in its entirety, it said “short extracts for journalistic purposes” were still relevant. The temperature said William still felt “a lot of pain and pain” over the scandal.
In a videotaped statement last year, William described his ‘indescribable sadness’ that ‘the BBC’s failures have contributed significantly to the fear, paranoia and isolation I remember from recent times. years with her.
The Mail said the BBC declined to comment on Earl Spencer’s article, but did not say whether it had contacted police to comment on his call for a criminal investigation. The Daily Beast has reached out to Bashir’s reps for comment.
Earlier this week, former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke accepted a £200,000 ($238,000) damages payment from the BBC over ‘false and malicious allegations’ Bashir made to Diana that Prince Charles had had an affair with her.
BBC Director General Tim Davie said in a statement: “I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to her, the Prince of Wales and the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, for the manner in which the Princess Diana was deceived. and the subsequent impact on their whole life. It is very unfortunate that the BBC did not find out the facts immediately after the program when there were warning signs that the interview could have been obtained inappropriately.
Meghan and Harry could be invited to Balmoral
Queen Elizabeth is said to have invited Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their children Archie and Lilibet to be guests at Balmoral this summer. But the sun on sunday reports, if they go there, they are unlikely to see other members of the royal family.
The Queen is staying for ten weeks at the seven-bed Craigowan Lodge, the Sun said. A Balmoral insider told the newspaper: “Staff have been made aware of the full list of Royal Family members, including Harry, Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet. They are preparing for the Sussexes.
Another insider told the Sun“Balmoral is the perfect place for them to spend some quality time with the Queen. They barely spent 15 minutes with her at the jubilee.
But another source poured cold water on the olive branch that was said to be offered: “I would be amazed if they showed up.”
As The Daily Beast reported on Friday, the full list of royal guests at Balmoral this summer is unknown, although the long stay means Harry and Meghan and their children could easily spend time there with the Queen without crossing, for example. , Prince William and Prince Charles. , with whom relations are still, uh, frosty.
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Prince George is Prince William’s mini-me
When Prince George turned 9 on Friday, the world as we thought: he looks so much like dad Prince William at the same age. Mum Kate snapped the cute photo of George – on a recent family holiday in the UK, George wearing a light blue T-shirt – then vintage photos of his dad, like the one below, delighted with the visual comparison.
Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, has for several years run a petting zoo and mini-safari in Bucklebury, the village where she grew up. But as always with the enterprising Middletons, plans are being made for bigger and better things. The Mail on Sunday, citing planning documents, says Pippa now plans to redevelop the 77-acre Bucklebury Farm Park, adding a cafe and cabins for overnight stays. The Mail says, “The entire site will be adorned with twinkling lanterns.”
Prince Charles replaces mum
Prince Charles replaces his mother again, this time to open the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Tuesday next week. Few expected the Queen to make the trip from Balmoral given her recent health issues, but the announcement is another sign of the inevitability of changing times.
Who really caught the big fish in “Newsnight”?
A new row has erupted over the Prince Andrew disaster Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis. BBC insiders are expressing anger at producer Sam McAlister’s book about the interview which they say glorifies his role to the detriment of others who worked on the show.
The Telegraph quotes a BBC source as saying: ‘There is internal disappointment because it’s not the right thing to expose how you go about these journalistic practices and also because a lot of people who have done considerable work on this issue are excluded from the process in the pursuit of a person’s career. Former colleagues find this disappointing.
The fact that these irritated comments only surfaced after McAlister landed a movie deal for his book, however, gives them top notes of the unmistakable smell of sour grapes.
And more on this (alleged) photo of Andy
The same Telegraph article also weighs in on claims that a photographer working for Newsnight captured a ‘shocking’ photo of Andrew that would embarrass him if she surfaced. The Telegraph says the allegation has been dismissed as “nonsense”, by sources. The word used for royalist by one source was the fruitier Anglo-Saxon term, “bollocks”.
This week in royal history
On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana married at St. Paul’s Cathedral, her in a puffy meringue of an Emanuel dress, the world delighted in what they thought was a fairy tale. Subsequent events unfolded differently. On a brighter note, on July 30, 2011, Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, so happy 11e birthday to them!
Will Harry, Meghan and family visit Scotland, and if they do, will they NOT do so at a time that intersects with anyone else?
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