Earl Spencer's ex-head of security says he was nearly drove to suicide

'Bashir is responsible for Diana's demise', says Earl Spencer's ex-head of security who says BBC journalist's false claim that he had sold Princess Diana's secrets nearly drove him to suicide Alan Waller, 57, was a former paratrooper in the British Army and ex-US Marine Mr Waller said the Bashir fake bank statements has a 'devastating effect' on him The first fake bank statement allegedly showed a £4,000 payment to Mr Waller

By Emily Webber For Mailonline

Published: 12:52 GMT, 28 November 2020 | Updated: 13:18 GMT, 28 November 2020

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Earl Spencer's former head of security has revealed how BBC reporter Martin Bashir's false claim that he had sold Princess Diana's secrets nearly drove him to suicide. 

Alan Waller, 57, a former paratrooper in the British Army and an ex-US Marine, had been employed by Earl Spencer to protect him and the Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire.   

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Mr Waller said the Bashir fake bank statements has a 'devastating effect' on him and described how he contemplated suicide while working abroad.  

In 1995 Martin Bashir, who was then a junior reporter at Panorama, had ordered a BBC freelance graphic artist to create fake bank statements which allegedly showed two payments to Mr Waller from a tabloid newspaper and an offshore company. Pictured: Martin Bashir and Princess Diana in the 1995 interview

In 1995 Martin Bashir, who was then a junior reporter at Panorama, had ordered a BBC freelance graphic artist to create fake bank statements which allegedly showed two payments to Mr Waller from a tabloid newspaper and an offshore company. Pictured: Martin Bashir and Princess Diana in the 1995 interview 

In 1995 Martin Bashir, who was then a junior reporter at Panorama, had ordered a BBC freelance graphic artist to create fake bank statements which allegedly showed two payments to Mr Waller from a tabloid newspaper and an offshore company.  

'Bashir has effectively stolen my identity; stolen my banking information and then used it to frame me as the fall guy,' Mr Waller told The Telegraph. 

He continued: 'That is exactly what he has done. He has framed me, thinking I would never find out. It has had a devastating effect on me.' 

Mr Waller  (pictured) said the Bashir fake bank statements has a 'devastating effect' on him and described how he contemplated suicide while working abroad

Mr Waller  (pictured) said the Bashir fake bank statements has a 'devastating effect' on him and described how he contemplated suicide while working

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