The controversial 1995 Panorama interview of Princess Diana looks set to reopen old wounds thanks to Netflix’s Harry & Meghan. The Duke of Sussex has broken ranks to say his mother was “speaking the truth of her experience” in the interview.
Netflix used footage from the now-disgraced interview Martin Bashir obtained from the BBC in episode one of the eagerly anticipated documentary series. The series, which debuted today highlights Princess Diana’s treatment by the media.
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In one of the clips in the show, Prince Harry says: “I think we all know she was deceived into giving the interview, but at the same time she spoke the truth of her experience.“
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In contrast to Prince Harry’s comment on the Netflix series and the fact that the streaming giant broadcasted the disgraced clip, Prince William has previously said the interview “holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”
Princess Diana is heard in the clip, saying that she was “terrified of being driven away by the media” and that the “press pack” was “incredibly daunting as I don’t like being the center of attention.”
Diana’s remark that “there were three of us in the marriage”—a reference to the former Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles—made the interview infamous.
The Crown season five will feature an episode regarding Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview, which made headlines last year. This was when Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer demanded that the BBC look into how the now-disgraced correspondent was able to secure the interview.
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According to a damning report, Lord Dyson criticized the BBC’s “woeful incompetence” which forced former Director General Tony Hall to resign from his position.
It was revealed that Bashir created fake documents that showed palace staffers were taking money in exchange for planting stories about the late Princess in the media. Dyson partially blamed Hall, who was Head of News at the time of the Diana interview, that aired the dirty laundry of then Prince Charles’ affair with his current wife.
The BBC promised it would never re-air or license the interview after the Dyson Report was released. They have even donated nearly £1.5 million ($1.8 million) to charities associated with Princess Diana from the commercial proceeds of the footage. Regardless of the duration of the BBC’s moratorium, Netflix might have obtained the material.
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Harry & Meghan was released on 8th December and is already receiving media attention amid concerns about whether the Royal Family was given a heads-up about the Panorama fiasco being a part of the docuseries.