Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer sensationally exposes Martin Bashir letter

Princess Diana's brother has accused the BBC of a 'whitewash' over faked bank statements said to have helped land a historic interview with her.

In a devastating letter, Charles Spencer expressed his outrage at the institution's 'sheer dishonesty' and accused Martin Bashir, who secured the sensational interview for Panorama in 1995, of 'yellow journalism'.

Earl Spencer also told director-general Tim Davie that Bashir showed him falsified bank accounts purporting to show – entirely wrongly – that two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services for information on his sister, in the hope it would win him an introduction to the princess.

Accusing the BBC of failing to accept the 'full gravity of the situation', the earl is demanding the BBC formally open an inquiry into the case.

He says the corporation owes both himself, the viewing public and, most importantly, the late princess a posthumous apology for the wholescale deception by a journalist working for its flagship news programme.

Princess Diana's (pictured during her interview with Martin Bashir) brother has accused the BBC of a 'whitewash' over faked bank statements said to have helped land a historic interview with her

Princess Diana's (pictured during her interview with Martin Bashir) brother has accused the BBC of a 'whitewash' over faked bank statements said to have helped land a historic interview with her

In a devastating letter, Charles Spencer expressed his outrage at the institution's 'sheer dishonesty' and accused Martin Bashir, who secured the sensational interview for Panorama in 1995, of 'yellow journalism'

In a devastating letter, Charles Spencer expressed his outrage at the institution's 'sheer dishonesty' and accused Martin Bashir, who secured the sensational interview for Panorama in 1995, of 'yellow journalism'

Bashir's interview with Diana, in which she told him 'there were three people in the marriage' – a reference to her estranged husband's relationship  with Camilla Parker Bowles – attracted 23million viewers and was hailed as the greatest tell-all scoop of the 20th century.

But 25 years after she bared her soul, fresh allegations have emerged that the BBC obtained the scoop under a false pretext.

Before Mr Davie issued a partial apology last week, Mr Spencer had said it was 'palpably untrue' for the BBC to say the bank statements were irrelevant.

Bashir's (pictured) interview with Diana, in which she told him 'there were three people in the marriage' – a reference to her estranged husband's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles – attracted 23million viewers and was hailed as the greatest tell-all scoop of the 20th century

Bashir's (pictured) interview with Diana, in which she told him 'there were three people in the marriage' – a reference to her estranged husband's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles – attracted 23million viewers and was hailed as the greatest tell-all scoop of the 20th century

In the email on October 23 he added: 'If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister.

THE DAMNING IMPLICATION 

Tim Davie has apologised to Earl Spencer over a forged bank statement shown to him by Bashir, which suggested one of his employees was paid for information about his family.

Diana's brother says this is the tip of the iceberg – and that he was also shown faked bank statements alleging that courtiers were given 'very large' amounts by the security services for information about the princess.

The earl says that had it not been for those documents, he would never have introduced Bashir to Diana. 

He also hints that Bashir made a series of outrageous and now clearly false claims about senior royals.

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'In turn, he would have remained just one of thousands of journalists hoping that he/she had a tiny chance of getting her to speak to them, with no realistic prospect of doing so.'

Bashir has also been accused of exploiting the princess's fears that her private conversations were being bugged by the secret services to garner a meeting.

The journalist first contacted Diana's brother three months before the interview saying he was looking into 'media ethics'. The earl went on to arrange a meeting between himself, his sister and Bashir at a friend's apartment in London in September 1995.

He kept notes of the discussion and eventually warned his sister against dealings with Bashir over the sensational allegations he was making.

But by that time it was too late – and Diana was hooked.

The BBC eventually launched its own investigation into the faked document which concluded in April 1996 that: 'The BBC has been able, independently, to verify that these documents were put to no use which had any bearing, direct or indirect, on the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales.' The review was overseen in part by Tony Hall, then head of news and current affairs, who retired as director-general in August.

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