Princes William and Harry have condemned the BBC and media culture after one independent research concluded on Thursday that he had former BBC reporter Martin Bashir he used “deceptive” to secure his explosive 1995 interview with his late mother, Princess Diana.
The same investigation also found that the BBC “did not meet its high standards of integrity and transparency” in covering up misleading practices, which involved falsifying documents to suggest that helpers close to it spoke to the press.
In a video posted on social media, Prince William (also known as the Duke of Cambridge) said the BBC had played on his mother’s fears “and fed [her] paranoia ”in his efforts to get the interview, in which Diana finally excoriated the royal family.
“I think the misleading way of getting the interview substantially influenced what my mother said,” William said. “The interview was an important contribution to worsening my parents’ relationship and has since hurt countless others.”
The prince said he was “indescribably sad” to learn that “the BBC’s failures have significantly contributed to its fear, paranoia and isolation”.
William said he believed the interview contained “false narration” and should not be rebroadcast.
In a separate statement, Prince Harry condemned what he called a “culture of exploitation and unethical practices” in the media that led to his mother’s death, which he said is still common. .
“Our mother was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and certainly honest,” Harry said in a statement Thursday in response to the findings of the investigation. “The undulating effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ended his life.
“To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. This is the first step towards justice and truth,” he continued.
“However, what worries me most is that practices like these, and even worse, are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than an outlet, a network, or a publication.
“Our mom lost her life because of it and nothing has changed,” Harry said. “By protecting his legacy, we protect everyone and stand up for the dignity with which he lived his life. We remember who he was and what he stood for.”
In his own explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Harry said he feared the media would be responsible for the deaths of his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (also known as Meghan Markle), after he killed himself while she was pregnant with her son Archie as a result of the.
“My biggest concern was the history repeating itself,” he said dit. “I’ve said it many times, in a very public way. And what I saw was that history repeats itself, but more, maybe or definitely much more dangerous, because then you add the career and you add social media. And when I talk about that history repeats itself, I speak of my mother “.
The BBC reported On Thursday, its general manager, Tim Davie, had sent personal letters of apology to Harry, William, Prince Charles and Earl Spencer for the deception that took place behind the scenes of the interview.
According to the new investigation, the findings of which were published on Thursday, Bashir “tricked” Earl Spencer with false information in order to obtain a presentation from his royal sister, which he then used to accept an interview.
Then, when this information first came to light, the BBC “covered up investigations into how [Bashir] he assured the interview and the ownership of the methods he used ”.