Martin Bashir: 'Blood has been thrown into water' says expert
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Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 56, has claimed that the BBC has “blood on their hands” following the Panorama investigation into the interview Diana, Princess of Wales gave to BBC reporter Martin Bashir. A report published earlier today found that the broadcaster fell short of “high standards of integrity and transparency” to secure the landmark 1995 interview. Diana was 36 when she was killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997. The incident has been blamed on paparazzi who were chasing the car the Princess was in at the time.
They have blood on their hands because that interview propelled Diana on a path to her death
Taking to Twitter, the outspoken media personality let his 7.9 million followers know his thoughts on the subject.
He wrote: “Tonight’s Panorama was shocking – but mainly because it’s taken the BBC 25 years to finally tell the truth about the Bashir/Diana scandal.
“They have blood on their hands because that interview propelled Diana on a path to her death,” he continued.
The star ended his tweet: “A shocking, criminal abuse of public money.”
The tweet has so far gained over 3,000 likes from social media users.
Fans of the star also commented, weighing in on the report.
“Piers: I totally agree”, one wrote, “The @BBCPanorama programme showed that the @BBC are shameful to allow @MartinBashir to have acted in a dishonest and corrupt manner.”
Another added: “I totally agree with you piers and the police investigation has been shelved probably on the basis of let sleeping dogs lie. It’s a shocking thing to have happened we all failed this woman/mother who in spite of her privilege had an enormous empathy for human beings everywhere.” (sic)
The Princess of Wales participated in the landmark interview with Mr Bashir in November 1995, where she famously said in reference to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.
An independent investigation into how the BBC journalist procured the interview has found Mr Bashir is guilty of deceit.
The report, published at 2pm today, concluded the journalist employed deceitful methods in securing the interview, in breach of BBC editorial rules.
It comes after allegations Mr Bashir mocked up fake bank statements and showed them to Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, to gain exclusive access to the royal.
After The Duke of Cambridge released a statement following The Dyson Investigation’s report, the ITV host relayed his shock at seeing the second in line to the throne’s “simmering rage.”
In the statement, Prince William demanded that the interview never be aired again.
He said: “It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others,” he added.
The Duke continued: “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”
The Duke went on to brand Mr Bashir a “rogue reporter” before adding that his mother was “failed” by leaders at the BBC.
He went on to add: “It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
BBC Director General Tim Davie has responded to the report and said that the broadcaster accepted Lord Dyson’s findings in full.
The BBC declined to comment on Piers’ tweet when contacted by Express.co.uk.
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