Princes William and Harry have condemned the BBC and media culture after one independent investigation he concluded Thursday that former BBC journalist Martin Bashir had using “deceptive” means 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” by covering up misleading practices, which involved falsifying documents to suggest that helpers close to it were speaking to the press.
In a video posted on social media, Prince William (aka Duke of Cambridge) said the BBC had played to his mother’s fears “and fed [her] paranoia ”in his efforts to get the interview, in which Diana finally scorned the royal family.
“It’s my view that the deceptive way the interview was conducted significantly influenced what my mother said,” William said. “The interview was a major contribution to aggravating my parents’ relationship and has hurt countless others.”
The prince said he had an “indescribable sadness” at learning that “the BBC’s failures have contributed significantly to its fear, paranoia and isolation”.
William said he believes the interview contains a “false narrative” and should not be broadcast again.
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 prevalent.
“Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave and undoubtedly honest,” Harry said in a statement Thursday in response to the findings of the investigation. “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices has taken his life.
“To those who have taken some form of responsibility, I thank you for taking ownership of it. It is the first step towards justice and truth,” he continued.
“Well, what worries me deeply 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 that, and nothing has changed,” Harry said. “By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and we defend the dignity with which she lived her life. We remember who she was and what she 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 (aka Meghan Markle), later he became suicidal While she was pregnant with her son Archie as a result of the intense and, they say, unfair coverage by British tabloids.
“My biggest concern has been history repeating itself,” he said he said. “I’ve said it before on many occasions, very publicly. And what I was seeing was history repeating itself, but more, maybe, or certainly a lot more dangerous, because then you add race, and you add social media. And when I talk about history repeating itself, I talk about my mother. “
The BBC reported On Thursday his 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 results of which were published Thursday, Bashir “tricked” Earl Spencer with false information to get a presentation to his royal sister, who he later used to accept an interview.
After this information came to light, the BBC “covered the investigation into how [Bashir] ensured the interview and ownership of the methods he used ”.