On Thursday, Prince William
and Prince Harry
issued separate, emotionally charged statements condemning the BBC
and now-former BBC journalist Martin Bashir
for the “deceptive way” the BBC obtained an interview with their late mother, Princess Diana
, in 1995.
In a statement shared with Stardia, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, said that "the ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life."
“To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it; that is the first step towards justice and truth,” he said. “Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these — and even worse — are still widespread today; it was then, and now, bigger than one outlet, network, or publication.”
"Our mother lost her life as a result of this," he continued, "and nothing has changed."
“By preserving her legacy, we safeguard everyone and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life; let us remember who she was and what she stood for.”
The duke's remarks come after Lord John Dyson, a former judge, conducted a months-long investigation into Bashir and the BBC's behavior. Dyson's findings, compiled in a 127-page report, concluded that the network "fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency that are its hallmark."
In his own statement, released by Kensington Palace, William, Duke of Cambridge, said it was "welcome" that the network accepted Dyson's investigation's findings.
Among other things, William claimed that BBC employees "made lurid and false claims about the Royal Family
that played on her fears and fueled paranoia," "were evasive in their reporting to the media
, and covered up what they knew from their internal investigation," and "were evasive in their reporting to the media and covered up what they knew from their internal investigation."
“In my opinion, the deceptive manner in which the interview was obtained significantly influenced what my mother said,” the Duke of Cambridge said, adding that 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,” he continued.
After “establishing a false narrative
” for over 25 years, William claims that the interview “holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
At the end of the statement, he stated, "These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let my mother and my family down; they also let the public down."