Footage from Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir has been shown in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries, despite the Duke of Cambridge requesting the “deceitful” Panorama programme never be aired again.
Midway through the first episode, clips are shown of Diana speaking in the controversial 1995 interview, a programme that William said exacerbated his mother’s “fear, paranoia and isolation”.
Before the clip is shown, Harry, speaking about his mother’s struggles with press intrusion, says: “I think she had a lived experience of how she was struggling living that life. She felt compelled to talk about it.
In the snippet from the Panorama interview used in the Netflix episode, Diana is shown saying: “I still to this day find the interest daunting and phenomenal. Because I actually don’t like being the centre of attention.
“When I have my public duties, I understand when I get out the car I’m being photographed. But actually, it’s now when I go out of my door, my front door, I’m being photographed. I never know where a lens is going to be.”
The journalist was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, to gain access to Diana in 1995, the report said.
In a scathing statement issued following the publication of the report, William said: “It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others.”
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”
In his response to the report, Harry said he was deeply concerned that journalistic practices like those of Bashir were “widespread today” and “bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication”.
He added: “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”
In September this year, BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the programme again, nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters.
“It does of course remain part of the historical record and there may be occasions in the future when it will be justified for the BBC to use short extracts for journalistic purposes, but these will be few and far between and will need to be agreed at executive committee level and set in the full context of what we now know about the way the interview was obtained.
“I would urge others to exercise similar restraint.”