Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Prince William ‘ludicrous’ Diana BBC claim pulled apart by royal expert ‘Don’t believe it’

Prince William's BBC criticism discussed by Jobson

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A royal expert has said it is “ludicrous to suggest” that Princess Diana’s Panorama interview “caused the end of [her] marriage” to Prince Charles. This comes after Prince William released a statement in the wake of report findings that “deceit” was used to convince his mother to give her BBC tell-all. Biographer Robert Jobson spoke to the HeirPod about whether the Duke of Cambridge’s claim that there was “false narrative” risked “endangering the truth left behind” by the late Princess of Wales.

Mr Jobson told listeners: “It’s easy for him to say it was a false narrative.

“I don’t believe it was a false narrative.

“Listen to things like ‘Diana in Her Own Words’ or read the [Andrew] Morton book.

“Maybe she did look back on the Panorama interview and think she was wrong, but that was her truth at that time.”

He continued: “That was what she wanted to say at that time.

“Yes it did lead to the Queen acting and saying the divorce had to happen.

“But let’s be honest, the fact that both were sleeping with other people, meant that this marriage was going to end in divorce anyway.

“You can’t carry on an adulterous marriage with both parties cheating on each other and expect this marriage to last.”

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The biographer added: “I think it’s ludicrous to suggest that Panorama changed the whole thing.

“Panorama was a pivot, a moment in time. It certainly didn’t cause the end of the marriage.

“What caused the end of the marriage was the infidelity, cheating and lies that both parties took part in.”

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The journalist involved, Martin Bashir, was accused of “deceitful behaviour” by the inquiry, and the BBC was told it “fell short of its high standards for integrity”.

Director General Tim Davie has offered a full and unconditional apology.

William’s statement read: “The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

“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.

“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived. She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”

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