Broadcast of Panorama investigation into Diana interview delayed

A new air date for the special has not yet been confirmed.
Broadcast of Panorama investigation into Diana interview delayed

Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

The BBC has delayed the broadcast of a Panorama investigation into Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Britain's Princess of Wales.

The programme was expected to air on BBC One on Monday but has been postponed due to a “significant duty of care issue”, according to the broadcaster.

A new broadcast date has not yet been confirmed.

ITV Palooza 2019 – London
Martin Bashir (Ian West/PA)

Bashir, who was the BBC News religion editor, left the corporation earlier this week on health grounds.

He has been seriously unwell with Covid-19 related complications.

It comes shortly after Lord Dyson’s investigation concluded into how Bashir landed his 1995 interview, with a BBC spokesman saying the report would be published “very soon”.

The former master of the rolls and head of civil justice was appointed to look into the circumstances surrounding the explosive broadcast, which famously featured Diana saying: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.

Diana with William and Harry in 1989
Diana with William and Harry in 1989 (PA)

Diana's son, William welcomed the launch of the investigation late last year, saying it “should help establish the truth behind the actions” that led to the programme.

His brother, Harry reportedly also supported the inquiry.

It was launched after Diana’s brother Earl Spencer alleged Mr Bashir showed him fake financial documents relating to his sister’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson, and another former British royal household member, and told outlandish and untrue stories to gain access to Diana.

Lord Dyson has been considering if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate and to what extent those actions influenced Diana’s decision to give an interview.

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