More than 25 years after this famous interview with Diana for the show Panorama, the BBC is trying to repair the damage caused by its journalist Martin Bashir. As reported by Telegraph September 17, 2021, Tiggy Pettifer (Legge-Bourke), the former nanny of princes William and Harry should soon receive a nice sum to compensate for the damage done to him when negotiating this interview with the Princess of Wales.

To convince Lady Di to grant this confidential interview in 1995, journalist Martin Bashir allegedly made her believe that Tiggy Legge-Bourke had fallen pregnant with Prince Charles and that she had secretly aborted, by sending her a false document as a substitute. proof. Hired by the Prince of Wales in 1993 to care for his sons, shortly after his separation from Diana, Tiggy Legge-Bourke was William and Harry’s nanny until 1999. Supported by their nanny after the tragic death of their mother in 1997, the two brothers remained close to her in adulthood. She is also the godmother of Archie (2 years), the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Stung in her jealousy, already fueled by Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla, Diana finally accepted this interview and openly mentioned her discomfort in front of the camera, from a living room in Kensington Palace. “Tiggy Legge-Bourke was at the center of Bashir’s manipulation and it is only fair that the damage done to him is acknowledged by the BBC.” The Telegraph specifies that la BBC is expected to pay between 100,000 and 137,400 pounds (between 116,000 and 160,000 euros) to the ex-nanny, now 56 years old.

I never meant to hurt Diana

Journalist Martin Bashir, for his part, will not face prosecution following the independent investigation launched by the BBC last year, with the help of a former Supreme Court justice. However, it was recognized that the journalist had recourse to “deceptive methods“. Martin Bashir left his post with the BBC last May.”I never meant to hurt Diana and I don’t think we did“, he commented to the Sunday Times. “All we did in terms of the interview was what she wanted.”

In 1996, the BBC opened a first behind-the-scenes investigation into this famous interview in 1996, but the channel concluded that these forged documents (the false abortion certificate and false bank statements suggesting that Diana was being watched within the palace) had played no decisive role in the organization of the interview. In November 2020, Earl Spencer, the brother of the late princess, reopened the debate by demanding new investigations and an apology for breach of trust by claiming also to be a victim, since he had served as an intermediary.

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