Princes William and Harry denounced the BBC and media culture after Independent investigation Thursday concluded that former BBC correspondent Martin Bashir He used “deceptive” means to secure his explosive 1995 interview With their late mother Princess Diana.
The same investigation also found that the BBC “fell short of meeting its high standards of integrity and transparency” by covering up deceptive practices, which included forging documents suggesting that aides close to it were speaking to the press.
In a video posted on social media, Prince William (also known as the Duke of Cambridge) said that the BBC played on his mother’s fears. [her] Paranoia “in their efforts to get the interview, in which Diana eventually denounced the royal family.
William said, “I see that the disingenuous method obtained from the interview greatly influenced what my mother said.” “The interview was a great contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and since then I have hurt countless others.”
The prince said he feels “unspeakable sadness” to learn that the BBC’s “failures have contributed greatly to its fear, paranoia and isolation.”
William said he believed the interview contained a “false narrative” and should not be broadcast again.
In a separate statement, Prince Harry denounced what he called “the culture of exploitation and unethical practices” in the media that led to his mother’s death, which he said was still prevalent.
“Our mother was a wonderful woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave and honest without a doubt,” Harry said in a statement on Thursday in response to the investigation findings. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately claimed her life.
He continued, “To those who have taken a form of accountability, I thank you for having it. This is the first step towards justice and truth.”
“However, what worries me deeply is that such practices – and even worse – are still widespread today. Then, and now, they are larger than a single port, or single network, or single printout.
Harry said, “Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed.” “By protecting her legacy, we are protecting everyone, and preserving the dignity with which she lives her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she defended.”
In his explosives Interview With Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Harry said he feared the media were responsible for the death of his wife, Megan, Duchess of Sussex (also known as Meghan Markle), after she was Become suicidal During pregnancy with their son Archie as a result of heavy and unfair media coverage from British newspapers.
“My biggest concern was that history will repeat itself.” He said. “I’ve said it before on many occasions, very publicly. And what I was seeing is history repeating itself, but more, maybe, or definitely much more dangerous, because then you add race, you add social media to it. And when I’m talking about History is repeating itself, I talk about my mother. “
BBC mentioned Thursday, its general manager, Tim Davey, sent personal letters of apology to Harry, William, Prince Charles and Earl Spencer for the deception that happened behind the scenes of the interview.
According to the new investigation, the results of which were published Thursday, Bashir “tricked” Earl Spencer with false information in order to obtain an introduction on his royal sister, which he then used to get her to agree to an interview.
Then, when this information first surfaced, the BBC covered investigations into how this happened [Bashir] He got the interview and the suitability of the methods he used. “