The interview went around the world, but in the documentary “The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess”, broadcast on Monday night by the British station ITV, it is claimed that Bashir used forged bank documents that would have helped him to have exclusivity. Graphic designer Matt Wiessler said Bashir asked him to create the documents and that he was a “scapegoat” in a 1996 BBC interview.
“It’s like blaming a pen for a mischievous letter,” Wiessler told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday. “I don’t know how you can plausibly tell a story that a graphic designer is to blame for using documents as fake and I have lived with it for 25 years. The one who has to come forward is Martin Bashir. He is the only one who has answers. “
The investigation was conducted more than two decades ago by Tony Hall, who later became director general of the BBC and was replaced by Tim Davie this summer. Following the internal investigation, Wiessler stopped working for the BBC, while Bashir was found “an honest man”.
These new details came to light during an investigation by journalist Andy Webb, who wrote and directed “Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview,” a documentary that aired on Channel 4 in the second half of October. Webb requested documents used in the 2007 Panorama interview under the Free Access to Information Act, and received access to them 48 hours before the documentary aired.
False statements show that two courtiers were paid by the security services to provide information about Diana. These were seen by the princess’ brother, Charles Spencer, who said they convinced him to introduce Bashir to his sister.
Spencer recently called for an investigation and contacted Tim Davie. “If I hadn’t seen those statements, I wouldn’t have introduced Bashir to my sister,” Spencer wrote to Davie in October.
Bashir, the BBC’s current editor, is now recovering from a heart attack and had major problems this year after contracting Covid-19, a BBC spokesman said. He is currently unavailable.
Davie announced on Monday that the BBC had commissioned an independent investigation. “The BBC takes this very seriously and we want to get to the truth,” he said.
The 1995 interview was watched by 25 million viewers at the time of broadcasting.
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