Prince William issued a rare statement in support of the investigation into Princess Diana’s infamous BBC interview
- Prince William is showing support for the investigation into Princess Diana's 1995 interview on BBC's "Panorama" after it was reported that a journalist may have faked bank statements in order to obtain the interview.
- The interview, where Diana famously said "there were three of us in this marriage" in reference to Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, was watched by almost 23 million people when it aired.
- It has been alleged that counterfeit bank statements were used to falsely show payments were made to royal staff in exchange for information about the princess, Sky News reports.
- "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction," Prince William said. "It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time."
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The Duke of Cambridge has shown his support for the investigation into Princess Diana's BBC "Panorama" interview in 1995 after there were reports that a journalist gave her false information about palace aides in order to secure the interview.
Nearly 23 million people watched the interview at the time, where Diana famously spoke about Prince Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, saying: "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," among other revelations about her unhappiness with royal life.
The princess didn't seek permission from Buckingham Palace before giving the interview, only letting palace officials know after it was already filmed, according to The Mirror.
Now, 25 years later, the BBC has announced it will launch an investigation into how journalist Martin Bashir obtained the interview with Diana after it was alleged that counterfeit bank statements were used to falsely show payments were made to royal staff in exchange for information about the princess, Sky News reports.
A spokesperson for Prince William said he "tentatively welcomed" the investigation, and provided a statement from the prince, which has been obtained by Insider.
"The independent investigation is a step in the right direction," Prince William said. "It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time."
The Mail's royal correspondent Rebecca English said the duke's statement was "unprecedented."
"William's statement is unprecedented and demonstrates the depth of his long-held concerns about how his mother's Panorama interview — which ultimately led the Queen to demand she and his father, Prince Charles, divorce — was obtained," English wrote on Twitter.
Kensington Palace did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on the current status of the prince's relationship with the BBC.
The BBC was announced as a broadcast partner for William's Earthshot Prize, a global environmental prize launched by the royal in October. The organization announced plans to broadcast the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in the fall of 2021.
The alleged bank statements are something that Earl Spencer — Diana's brother and William's uncle — believes was covered up by the BBC.
"Many people are, quite understandably, asking why I've waited till now to come forward with the truth about how the @BBCPanorama with my sister came about. While I knew that Martin Bashir used fake bank statements and other dishonesty to get my sister to do the interview… what I only found out 2 weeks ago, thanks to journalist Andy Webb's persistent use of the Freedom of Information Act, is that the BBC also knew. Not only knew about it, but that they covered it up," Earl Spencer wrote in a series of tweets on November 8.
Representatives for the BBC did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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