Full statement from the Duke of Cambridge on Lord Dyson’s report
Here is the Duke of Cambridge’s full statement on Lord Dyson’s report.
Investigation into the television interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, revealed that the BBC had covered up “deceptive behavior” used by journalist Martin Bashir to ensure its global exclusivity.
The statement said:
“I would like to thank Lord Dyson and his team for the report.
“It is welcome that the BBC accepts Lord Dyson’s conclusions in their entirety – which are of great concern – that BBC employees:
– lied and used false documents to obtain the interview with my mother;
– made sinister and false statements about the royal family which played on their fears and fueled paranoia;
– demonstrated deplorable incompetence in investigating complaints and concerns about the program; and
– were evasive in their media reports and concealed what they knew of their internal investigation.
“I am of the opinion that the misleading manner in which the interview was obtained significantly influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to the worsening of my parents’ relationship and has since hurt countless others.
“It brings an indescribable sadness to know that the failures of the BBC have contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember the last few years with her.
“But what saddens me most is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known she had been cheated. It was failed not only by a rogue journalist, but by BBC executives who looked away rather than asking the tough questions.
“I firmly believe that this Panorama program has no legitimacy and should never be broadcast again. He has indeed established a false narrative which for over a quarter of a century has been marketed by the BBC and others.
“This established narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has written or intends to write about these events.
“In the age of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important. These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let down my mother and my family; they also let the audience down.