William, Harry condemn BBC over 'deceitful' Diana interview
Prince William and his brother Prince Harry have issued strongly-worded statements criticizing the BBC and British media for unethical practices after an investigation found that one of the broadcaster’s journalists used “deceitful behavior” to secure Princess Diana’s most explosive TV interview in 1995.
Martin Bashir quits BBC amid investigation into Princess Diana interview
Martin Bashir has quit the BBC ahead of a report expected to strongly criticise his behaviour in securing his Panorama interview with Princess Diana 25 years ago. The BBC announced to staff on Friday that Mr Bashir, 58, had resigned as the corporation’s religion editor. The decision brings to an end the career of one of the most successful (and controversial) television journalists of his era. In an email sent to news room colleagues, the corporation said ongoing ill health had forced Mr Bashir to stand down but there was inevitable speculation that he had quit before he could be sacked. His departure comes amid a furore over how he obtained his interview with Princess Diana in 1995 in which she revealed there were “three of us in this marriage” in reference to Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. The interview was one of the BBC’s greatest scoops. The broadcaster launched an inquiry six months ago headed up by Lord Dyson, the former Master of the Rolls, into Mr Bashir’s journalistic methods. Lord Dyson’s report is due to be published as early as next week. An inquiry spokesman said on Friday night: “Lord Dyson has concluded his investigation and the report has been passed to the BBC for publication in due course.” The report is expected to condemn Mr Bashir over his mocking up of fake bank statements said to have been used to persuade Earl Spencer to introduce the reporter to his sister. The statements showed false payments made to Earl Spencer’s former head of security from a tabloid newspaper and an offshore company. Mr Bashir is also accused of making up a series of fantastical claims to then ensure Princess Diana went ahead with the interview. The Telegraph understands that Mr Bashir was given prior warning of a series of criticisms contained in the Dyson report as part of a legal process ahead of publication. The Princess Diana interview made Mr Bashir’s name but he left the BBC for ITV and then to take up lucrative jobs in the US before rejoining the corporation in 2016, covering religious affairs. Mr Bashir was struck down by Covid-19 last year and then underwent a quadruple heart bypass in the late summer and has not been seen on television screens for many months. He was on sick leave when the scandal over the Panorama interview resurfaced on its 25th anniversary. Mr Bashir has insisted he is too ill to speak publicly and defend his reputation although The Telegraph is aware he mounted a vigorous defence of his actions in giving evidence to Lord Dyson. Mr Bashir has denied wrongdoing. He has been on sick pay – on a fraction of his normal salary – and will not receive a payoff as a result of handing in his resignation. Senior executives had wanted to sack Mr Bashir in the autumn, but decided to wait for the outcome of the Dyson inquiry. Tim Davie, the BBC’s director-general, had ordered the Dyson review in the face of fierce criticism not only of Mr Bashir but of claims that senior executives had covered up his alleged deceit at the time. In an email to staff, Jonathan Munro, deputy director of BBC News, said Mr Bashir had quit his post because of ongoing ill health. The note made no mention of the Lord Dyson inquiry nor a separate investigation into Mr Bashir’s journalistic methods being conducted by Panorama, the programme which made his name. The Panorama investigation – effectively investigating itself over events 25 years ago – had been due to be aired on Monday but its broadcast was postponed over a "duty of care" to Mr Bashir. It is unclear when the Panorama investigation will now be screened but BBC sources insisted it had been delayed rather than cancelled. In his note, Mr Munro wrote: “Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC’s Religion Editor, and is leaving the Corporation. “He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital for another surgical procedure on his heart. Although he underwent major surgery toward the end of last year, he is facing some ongoing issues and has decided to focus on his health. We wish him a complete and speedy recovery.”news.yahoo.com
Prince Harry gives advice to grieving children in new book
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020,file photo, Britain's Prince Harry arrives in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London. Britains Prince Harry has written the forward for a new book aimed at the children of frontline workers who died in the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing the pain he suffered as a boy after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Harry wrote that losing his mother at age 12 left “a huge hole inside of me,” according to excerpts of the book printed in the Times of London. “While I wish I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing that you’re not alone,” Harry wrote in the foreword. “We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not,” Harry wrote.
The Latest: UK talk show host quits show over Meghan remarks
“I wish all the members of the royal family all the best, but my focus is getting through this pandemic. After Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, some people said the racism that the couple alleged was was something they expected. Markle also said he has “great respect” for Britain’s royal family and he didn’t think they were racist. “When Meghan joined the royal family, every person of color in the U.K. was worried,” she said. Ad___LOS ANGELES — Prince Harry says he was “trapped” in the royal family before Meghan helped free him.
Explosive Harry, Meghan interview reverberates across globe
This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speaking about expecting their second child during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" airs March 7 as a two-hour exclusive primetime special on the CBS Television Network. Winfrey later said Harry told her the comment didn’t come from Queen Elizabeth II or Prince Philip, his grandparents. AdThe situation became so difficult that at one point, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” Meghan told Winfrey. But Harry said the royal family was completely unable to offer that support to its own members.
Memorable quotes from Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview
This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speaking about expecting their second child during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" airs March 7 as a two-hour exclusive primetime special on the CBS Television Network. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)Memorable quotes and major revelations from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan and Harry, their first since stepping away from royal life:“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was very clear and real and frightening.” — Meghan, on the suicidal thoughts she had after joining the royal family. There were ”concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.” — Meghan, on the royal reaction to her son Archie.
Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift
This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. In a rare positive moment in the interview, Harry and Meghan revealed their second would be a girl. In response to a question from Winfrey, Harry said he wouldn’t have left royal life if not for his wife. Ad“I will say I went into it naively because I didn’t grow up knowing much about the royal family,” Meghan said. But she did not fully comprehend the pressure of being linked to the prestigious royal family.
Royalty TV: UK monarchy and television have complex ties
Britains royal family and television have a complicated relationship. The medium has helped define the modern monarchy: The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was Britains first mass TV spectacle. (AP Photo/File)LONDON – Britain’s royal family and television have a complicated relationship. The medium has helped define the modern monarchy: The 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s first mass TV spectacle. The fictionalized take of Netflix hit “The Crown” has molded views of the monarchy for a new generation, though in ways the powerful, image-conscious royal family can’t control.
No winners: UK waits for Harry, Meghan's take on royal split
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)LONDON – The timing couldn’t be worse for Harry and Meghan. “Harry and Meghan are hugely popular,’’ Pauline Maclaran, a professor of marketing and author of “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture,” told The Associated Press. “The firm” is a nickname for the royal family, sometimes used with affection and sometimes with a note of criticism. More damaging for the palace was the interview Prince Andrew, Harry’s uncle, did with the BBC in 2019. “It’s just such a mess,” said Penny Junor, who has written several books about the royals, including a biography of Harry.
UK police won't probe journalist over 1995 Diana interview
FILE - This Jan. 22, 2013 file photo shows Martin Bashir at the EA SimCity Learn. British police said Thursday March 4, 2021, that they will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist Martin Bashir over his 1995 interview with the late Princess Diana. (Photo by Nick Wass/Invision/AP, File)LONDON – British police said Thursday that they will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist Martin Bashir over his 1995 interview with Princess Diana. The Metropolitan Police force said “no further action will be taken” over allegations Bashir used illegal subterfuge to get the interview. Charles Spencer, has alleged that Bashir used false documents, including fake bank statements, and other dishonest tactics to convince Diana to agree to the interview.
Prince Harry: Split from royal life 'unbelievably tough'
This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)LOS ANGELES – Prince Harry says the process of separating from royal life has been very difficult for him and his wife, Meghan. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry invoked the memory of his late mother, Princess Diana, who had to find her way alone after she and Prince Charles divorced. Harry and Meghan sat opposite Winfrey and side-by-side, holding hands during the interview that was conducted in a lush garden setting. Harry and Meghan stepped away from full-time royal life in March 2020, unhappy at media scrutiny and the strictures of their roles.
Writer Mick Herron’s ‘Slow Horses’ are spies for our times
British novelist Mick Herron, the author of the Slough House espionage series, poses for photographs outside his home in Oxford, England, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herrons success has been stealthy. The seventh novel in the series, Slough House, is out in Feb. 2021, and a TV series is in production with an A-list cast led by Gary Oldman. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON – Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. A seventh novel in his spy series, “Slough House,” is out this week, and a TV adaptation is in production with an A-list cast led by Gary Oldman.
Netflix rejects calls to add disclaimer to The Crown
LONDON – Netflix has “no plans” to add a disclaimer to “The Crown” stating that its lavish drama about Britain's royal family is a work of fiction. In a statement Saturday, Netflix said it has always presented the drama, as just that — a drama. “We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events," it said. “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan, whose work also includes recent-history dramas “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, saying it is thoroughly researched and true in spirit. Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, was one who called on Netflix to add a disclaimer.
Late French ex-president Giscard helped reshape Europe
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020 file photo, former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing gestures as he speaks during an interview of the Associated Press in Paris. Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the president of France from 1974 to 1981 who became a champion of European integration, died on Wednesday. Tributes poured in from France and around Europe on Thursday after Giscard died Wednesday of complications from COVID-19 at age 94. After joining the French Resistance during World War II, he next saw Germany as a tank commander in the French military in 1944. Giscard’s French lawyer said the former president retained no memory of the incident.
Prince William welcomes new probe into 1995 Diana interview
LONDON – Prince William has “tentatively welcomed” an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a BBC interview in 1995 with his mother, Princess Diana, royal officials said Thursday. William, who is second in line to the throne, said in a statement that the probe is “a step in the right direction." The investigation will consider if the steps taken by the broadcaster and Bashir were appropriate, and whether those actions influenced Diana’s decision to give the interview. The 1995 interview, in which Diana famously said “there were three of us in this marriage” — referring to Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles — was watched by millions of people and sent shockwaves through the monarchy. Diana divorced from Charles in 1996 and died in a Paris car crash in 1997 as she was pursued by paparazzi.
BBC names ex-judge to lead probe into 1995 Diana interview
The announcement came after Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, made renewed claims this month that BBC journalist Martin Bashir used forged statements and false claims to convince the late royal to agree to the interview. The investigation will consider if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate and to what extent those actions influenced Diana’s decision to give an interview. John Dyson, a former Supreme Court judge, is “an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process,” the BBC said. Charles Spencer has demanded an inquiry and an apology. The BBC carried out an internal investigation when the complaints first surfaced and has said Bashir admitted commissioning mocked-up documents.
Elizabeth Debicki to play Princess Diana on 'The Crown'
NEW YORK The Crown has found its Princess Diana. Elizabeth Debicki will play the Princess of Wales in seasons five and six of The Crown, the Netflix series announced Sunday. Debicki will join a new cast for the series that includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. Emma Corrin is playing Diana on the dramas upcoming fourth season, but Debicki will take on the part for what's sure to be the character's most dramatic chapters. Princess Dianas spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many, Debicki said on Twitter.
Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix
NEW YORK The Broadway musical Diana isn't waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience it's going to Netflix. Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide, the show's producers said in statement Wednesday. Producers have worked out safety protocols with Actors Equity Association, the labor union representing actors and stage managers. Netflix has several live-capture Broadway shows in its library like Bruce Springsteen's one-man musical and Kerry Washington's American Son but the cameras usually came in to film at the end of the live show's run, or the release was made after the show's conclusion. Diana, which tells the story of the late Diana Spencer, started previews on Broadway in early March but never officially opened at the Longacre Theatre before the pandemic wiped out all live theater.
Princess Diana's Complicated Relationship With Her Stepmother Revealed in New Doc
A lesser-known detail about the world-famous Princess Diana is that she had a stepmother and they didn't get along an aspect that only adds to her storybook life. The complicated relationship between the future princess and her stepmother is chronicled in the new Smithsonian Channel documentary "Princess Diana's 'Wicked' Stepmother." "Diana was vulnerable and hurting and she didn't like this woman stepping into her mother's shoes," said Paul Burrell, Diana's former butler and her close confidante. "Princess Diana's 'Wicked' Stepmother" airs Monday on the Smithsonian Channel at 8 p.m. RELATED STORIESPrince Harry Says Cameras, Flashes Are 'Worst Reminder' of Mom Princess DianaPrincess Diana's Butler Says Meghan Markle Is Struggling Like She DidMeghan Markle, Prince Harry Honor Diana's Work at Start of Pride Month
Chic Princess Diana Outfits We Would Wear Right Now
Princess Diana had style! There was no denying that whatever the late Princess of Wales donned turned into fashion gold. Anwar Hussein / ContributorLong before models like Bella and Gigi Hadid and the Kardashians sported biker shorts, Princess Diana was a fan of the athletic bottom. Tim Graham/Getty ImagesAll summer people have been rocking cheetah-print bathing suits, something the gorgeous princess wore during a Caribbean getaway in 1990. RELATED CONTENT:Prince Harry Looks at Photos of Mom Princess Diana Visiting Childrens Hospital 30 Years AgoPrince William Surprises Fans Who Were Holding a Vigil for Princess DianaHow Princess Diana Was a Parenting Role Model for Prince Harry