Princess Diana, a fictional affair and the BBC: The true story behind the adultery interview


Princess Diana’s brother has called for an investigation into the false allegation by a BBC journalist that Prince Charles slept with the nanny.

The princess was in the process of toxic separation from her husband when the husband admitted in a 1994 television interview that he had had an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

However, a separate, false allegation of an affair came to the fore in the middle of a dispute between Diana’s brother Charles Spencer and the BBC.

In 1995, the Princess gave her most famous interview with Martin Bashir of the BBC, in which she sensationally spoke about her husband’s infidelity: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

She also spoke about her own affair behind her husband’s back with James Hewitt and her struggle with bulimia.

However, new allegations have surfaced about the efforts Bashir has made to secure “the interview of the decade.

The BBC has admitted that its flagship investigative news program, Panorama, gave Diana’s brother Charles Spencer forged financial documents suggesting that two palace helpers took bribes.

Now Spencer has published a letter in which Bashir falsely accused him of having a relationship with Prince Charles and his nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

The journalist’s letter, which was leaked to the Daily Mail, said: “There are rumors of recurring intimacy between [Legge-Bourke] and a certain person.

“An aide witnessed outdoor chases of a different kind. She is very interested in diverting a lot of attention.

“Therefore, it was decided last night to authorize a friend who will say the following: Her weight loss is not due to her feelings for a certain person and his desire to have a figure like an orphan, but to a gluten intolerance, which means that she cannot eat wheat or any bread substance.

“She was repeatedly bombarded with harassing messages on her radio pager.

“It is strongly suggested that these come from an angry source. There can only be one obvious culprit…”

Spencer calls on the BBC to launch an official investigation into the circumstances of Diana’s interview, in which she finally told the world about the years of heartbreak she endured during her marriage.

In a letter to the BBC, but forwarded to the Daily Mail, he said: “I am now formally requesting that the BBC launch an investigation into this matter and I hope that it will get to the bottom of the key questions”.

Spencer believes that the BBC, under former Director General Tony Hall Bashir, glossed over Bashir after investigating the scandal of the false documents.

He added: “I must leave you in no doubt – because I want to be absolutely clear and not threaten: this will all come out now.

“The sheer dishonesty of what I saw on the BBC 25 years ago – both Bashir and his colleagues who secured the interview and the whitewashing under Tony Hall’s name – demands it.

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He also denied the BBC’s claim that the counterfeit banknotes had no bearing on Diana’s decision to choose Bashir, citing the company’s own claim that the scoop was the “interview of the decade… or generation”.

He said, “If I hadn’t seen these statements, I wouldn’t have introduced Bashir to my sister.

“In return, he would have remained just one of thousands of journalists hoping that he/she had a tiny chance to get them to talk to them, with no realistic prospect of doing so.

The BBC has said that Martin Bashir is seriously ill with a corona virus and that it cannot carry out further investigations until he is better.


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