Diana said she had “no regrets” about her interview with Martin Bashir. The image of the “stupid” woman she was deceived was offensive, her biographer claims.
Tina Brown said Diana was not “a vulnerable victim of the media” and was “delighted” about the panoramic interview.
In May, a bombshell report on chatting in 1995 found former BBC reporter Bashir “seriously violated” the broadcaster’s guidelines to secure an interview.
Prince William and Prince Harry criticized the reporter in separate statements, while Diana’s brother Earl Spencer spoke of his anger and fear.
Sir Dyson’s report revealed that Bashir had manipulated information to “deceive” Diana into consenting to a conversation.
He earned his trust by showing it to Earl Spencer after MI5 and the media commissioned fake bank statements to convince her that officials were taking money to provide information about her.
The reporter also said that Diana’s phone was intercepted and that Prince Charles was having an affair with his son’s nanny, Tiggy Reggae-Burke.
Blameless Ms Legge-Bourke, now named Tiggy Pettifer, suffered “significant” damage from the BBC for slander.
Upon learning of the trick, Diana agreed to an interview with Bashir. She is famous for exposing “there were three of us” in her marriage to Charles.
However, Brown told the Telegraph that the princess was described as a “stupid and deceived child” in a way she considered “disrespectful”.
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“While I sympathize greatly with my son’s suffering, I find it insulting to present the clever and resourceful Diana as a woman with no agency, as a foolish and deceitful child, or as the unfortunate victim of vicious muckrakers,” she said. said.
Following Sir Dyson’s report, William made a rare camera statement speaking about his “indescribable sorrow” and the belief that the BBC’s failure “had greatly contributed to her fears, paranoia and isolation.”
Harry said: “The ramifications of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices eventually took her life.
“My mother lost her life in this, and nothing has changed.”
However, Mr. Brown said the princess “never said anything bad about Martin Bashir” and said the interview left her “in the palm of her hand with the public”.
Palace Papers: Inside of Windsor – Truth and Confusion by Tina Brown was published April 26th.