Prince William is ‘frustrated at The Crown’s ‘commercialization’ Martin Bashir’s famous interview with his mother Princess Diana. He believes that it holds ‘no legitimacy’, and should be removed from the air. 

The Duke of Cambridge is believed to be frustrated by broadcasters who profited from the interview in which Diana famously stated, ‘There were three people in this marriage. 

He slammed the BBC sit down in May, saying: ‘It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.

“It effectively established false narratives that have been commercialized by the BBC, among others, for over a quarter-century.”

Following news a recreation will now be aired on Netflix, a royal source told the Telegraph: ‘His words still stand.’

Insiders confirmed that The Crown will include an episode about it despite widespread criticism. Millions were believed to have been spent on this pivotal part of The Crown’s upcoming instalment.

Netflix drama The Crown will dramatise Princess Diana's controversial 1995 interview with Martin Bashir, despite Prince William's request for it to be taken off-air

Netflix drama The Crown will portray Princess Diana’s controversial interview with Martin Bashir in 1995. This is despite Prince William’s request that it be taken off-air 

An updated handout photo issued by Netflix of Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales appearing in the fifth season of the streaming website's show, The Crown

Netflix has released an updated handout photo showing Elizabeth Debicki as Diana Princess of Wales in The Crown’s fifth season.

The Duke of Cambridge is understood to be deeply frustrated by broadcasters who have cashed in on the interview, in which Diana famously said, 'there were three of us in this marriage'

The Duke of Cambridge is believed to be frustrated by the broadcasters who cash in on the interview. Diana famously stated that there were three of them in this marriage.

Top lawyer says that Scotland Yard’s decision to not launch a criminal investigation into the Martin Bashir scandal is’mystifying. 

A prominent lawyer described Scotland Yard’s decision to not launch a criminal investigation into the Martin Bashir scandal with “mystifying”

Quentin Hunt is a barrister who specializes in fraud and counterfeiting. He believes there is enough evidence in public domain about the disgraced reporter for the Metropolitan Police investigation.

Sunday’s Mail revealed that Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer was so upset by the decision, he is now considering private criminal prosecutions.

Mr Hunt believes there is strong evidence to support an investigation into allegations that forgery was committed and so-called fraud by false representation.

He said that the Met’s decision was “mystifying” because there is prima facie evidence of illegality within the public domain.

An entire episode in the upcoming fifth series will be dedicated to the shocking sit down despite the Prince Harry signing a £112million deal with the streaming service for him and his wife Meghan.

The royal has been critical of Panorama, which was first shown in 1995. It saw his mother’s dirty laundry air on Prince Charles Parker Bowles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

He called it ‘unethical’, and claimed that the interview led to the events that resulted in his mother’s death two-years later.

The Duke of Sussex reacted to Lord Dyson’s damning investigation into how the original interview was obtained. In May, he said that his mother was an extraordinary woman who had dedicated her life to serving others.

She was brave, resilient, and unquestionably truthful. Her life was ultimately ended by the ripple effect of unethical and exploitation culture. We are grateful to those who have taken some responsibility.

“That is the first step to justice and truth. What is most concerning to me is the fact that such practices – and worse – are still common today. It’s not just one outlet, one network or one publication.

“Our mother lost her life due to this, and nothing has changed.” We protect her legacy and preserve the dignity with which she lived her entire life. Let’s not forget who she was or what she stood for.

Prince William was also scathing, saying at the time: ‘It is welcome that the BBC accepts Lord Dyson’s findings in full – which are extremely concerning – that BBC employees: lied and used fake documents to obtain the interview with my mother; made lurid and false claims about the Royal Family which played on her fears and fuelled paranoia; displayed woeful incompetence when investigating complaints and concerns about the programme; and were evasive in their reporting to the media and covered up what they knew from their internal investigation.’

He stated, “It is my opinion that the deceitful manner in which the interview was obtained substantially influenced the words of my mother.”

He added: ‘This Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative that, for over 25 years, has been commercialized and marketed by the BBC, among others.

Lord Dyson’s inquiry revealed that Bashir had lied in order to obtain the interview. These deceitful methods were later covered up by an internal investigation by Tony Hall who became the BBC director-general.

The BBC was plunged by the independent report into one of its worst crises. The BBC was accused by the two royals of ruining the mother of their father and contributing to the events that led up to her death two decades later.

Netflix bosses insist that Prince Harry’s special episodes will be aired as planned, according senior sources.

According to the Sun newspaper, insiders said that the interview was the keystone moment for series five.

“The writers believe that the turbulent marriage between Charles and Di resulted in her outpouring on Panorama. The aftermath of that decision shaped her final months.

They are investing a lot in that. The Crown has a track-record of delving into areas in the Royal Family’s past they’d rather leave alone.

An inquiry by Lord Dyson in May found Bashir (pictured) had lied to obtain the interview, using 'deceitful' methods later covered up by a 'woefully ineffective' internal investigation by Tony Hall, who later became BBC director-general

Lord Dyson’s May inquiry found that Bashir (pictured) had lied in order to obtain the interview. His deceitful methods were later covered up by Tony Hall’s internal investigation, which was later made public. Tony Hall became the BBC director-general.

Senior sources insisted Netflix, which struck a £112million deal with Harry and Meghan (pictured) after they quit royal duties, is going ahead with the special episode

Senior sources insisted Netflix, which struck a £112million deal with Harry and Meghan (pictured) after they quit royal duties, is going ahead with the special episode

Martin Bashir (pictured on May 3) deployed 'deceitful methods' to secure his BBC interview

The BBC's former director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, 70, should not have believed Bashir

Bashir (left), feigned bank statements to reach Diana, while Lord Hall (right), was accused of protecting him in the aftermath of his famous 1995 interview.

Controversy: Bashir has been accused of spinning a web of deceit to land his 1995 interview with Diana, including falsifying bank statements in order to gain access to the Royal (pictured during the interview)

Controversy: Bashir has been accused of spinning a web of deceit to land his 1995 interview with Diana, including falsifying bank statements in order to gain access to the Royal (pictured during the interview)

After detectives abandon their probe into deception that earned Panorama reporter his interview, Earl Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, warns Met Police that they plan to bring a private prosecution against Martin Bashir. 

Princess Diana’s brother has told a senior police commander that he is considering mounting private criminal prosecutions over the Martin Bashir scandal – a move that will send shockwaves through the BBC .

Earl Spencer was angry at Scotland Yard’s decision to end its probe into the disgraced Corporation reporter Martin Bashir and Diana’s 1995 Panorama interview.

Bashir demonstrated Earl Spencer how to forge bank statements to gain access the Princess. Then, Bashir tricked her into believing a series of lies and smears including that Prince William’s watch was being tapped to record her conversations.

William stated that the BBC’s failures contributed towards his mother’s fear, paranoia & isolation’ and hastened his parents divorce.

The Metropolitan Police was faced with a difficult report by Lord Dyson, an ex-Supreme Court Judge. They considered whether to open an investigation into possible offenses, including forgery, misconduct, and blackmail.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: ‘This would be extremely upsetting and the only protection ­William has is not to watch it.’

Meanwhile royal commentator Margaret Holder added: ‘William was ­dismayed at the time. It is also embarrassing to Harry.

A friend claimed that Diana’s brother Earl Spencer claimed that several crimes were committed. Bashir, who had ‘coercive control over’ his sister, believed he was spinning a web of lies about her.

He convinced her with terrifying conspiracy theories, and tricked her into agreeing to the interview. He claimed that the rogue BBC reporter had committed fraud, blackmail, and obtained property by deceitful means.

He said that the corporation had cashed in when rights to the sensational interview were sold to other broadcasters around the world.

Lord Dyson concluded that Bashir ordered forged bank statements in flagrant violation of BBC rules to convince Earl Spencer about introducing him to Diana.

The former religion editor admitted that the documents were forged at the time, but denied ever showing the documents to anyone.

Matt Wiessler was a graphic artist who claimed that Bashir asked him to forge bank documents in 1996 to earn Diana’s trust. His career was destroyed after he spoke out, and he was blacklisted by the broadcaster.

Around two months after the BBC interview aired, Mr Wiessler said his house was broken into and CDs containing the forged documents stolen.

He also stated that he had lost his job after being blacklisted by BBC. Documents released under Freedom of Information Request support his account.

Bosses had issued an order not to work with him because he had spoken to media about the documents.

Despite the fallout of the incident, it took until November 2020 before an inquiry could be established based on Mail on Sunday’s reporting. This culminated into the Dyson Report.

The BBC bosses, including Tony Hall, were criticized for covering up details about how Bashir was able secure the interview.

A 1996 internal inquiry into the interview was also slammed as ‘woefully ineffective’, forcing Tim Suter – another BBC boss who was part of the inquiry – to step down as chair of Ofcom.

The BBC has been plunged into one of the worst crises in its history by the explosive fallout from the scandal, with Princes William and Harry accusing the corporation of ruining their mother's life with its 'deceitful' exclusive. Pictured: Diana with her sons

The BBC has been thrown into a crisis by the explosive fallout of the scandal. Princes William and Harry accused the BBC of ruining their mother’s lives with its ‘deceitful exclusive’. Pictured: Diana and her sons 

Starring role: Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana in series five of The Crown (pictured on set)

Popular: Actress Emma Corrin Played a young Princess Diana in series four of The Crown (pictured)

Left: Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in series five. Right: Emma Corrin Played a young Princess Diana in series four

Tony Hall quit his position as the National Gallery’s head, claiming that it would be a distraction. Bashir, who was still working as the BBC’s religion editor, also quit the corporation in May, citing health issues.

Priti Patel, Home Secretary, stated that there were’very strong search questions’ for the BBC.

Emma Corrin played the role of the late Princess on The Crown’s fourth season. For series five, Elizabeth Debicki, an Australian actress, will replace her. 

Debicki confirmed her appointment in a formal statement.

“It is my true honor and privilege to be joining this masterful show, which has had a profound impact on me since episode one.”

It is believed that Netflix is also looking to cast a teenage actor as Prince William, now 39, as an 13-year-old boy.

The Crown is known for causing controversy. It has been reported that Royals have been upset by storylines and inclusions in the show. 

In April, just after his death, it was claimed that Prince Philip was upset at a’shockingly vicious’ episode of The Crown. His father angrily blamed Philip for his sister’s fatal plane crash death.

Royal experts said Philip had been hurt by the manner in which the 1937 death of Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark had been depicted in the drama – and renewed calls for Netflix to apologise and add a disclaimer.

During the first four series, slurs included the suggestion that the Prince was a serialphilanderer who had an affairs with a ballerina, was involved the Profumo sexual scandal, and made a menacing threat against Princess Diana.

Producers of The Crown said they were ‘deeply saddened’ by his death, while actors Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies – who both played Philip over the four series – paid their own tributes.

Bashir commissioned forged bank statements (pictured) in flagrant breach of BBC rules to convince Earl Spencer to introduce him to Diana, Lord Dyson concluded in his excoriating inquiry

Alison Jackson, a publicity officer for Panorama, said she was told to tell the Panorama team that stories about Bashir's use of fake bank statements (one pictured) were being leaked by 'jealous colleagues'

Bashir ordered forgery bank statements (pictured) to convince Earl Spencer to introduce himself to Diana. Lord Dyson concluded that this was a flagrant breach of BBC guidelines.

Netflix broke its silence on the controversy over The Crown last night, insisting there was no need to warn its millions of viewers that key scenes are invented. Pictured: Princess Diana shouts at Prince Charles in a scene from the latest series of The Crown

Netflix broke its silence about the controversy over The Crown, insisting that it didn’t need to warn its millions viewers that key scenes were created. Pictured: Princess Diana shouts at Prince Charles in a scene from the latest series of The Crown

When asked if they would apologize for the portrayal, Peter Morgan, the drama’s creator and Netflix remained silent.

In November, Netflix spoke out on controversy over The Crown, insisting there was no need to warn its millions of viewers key scenes are invented.

The streaming giant claimed that it was well understood that the hit series was a work of fiction’ based upon historical events.

It wrote to Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, rejecting his suggestion of a disclaimer at each episode’s start.

Netflix said to The Mail on Sunday that they had presented The Crown as a drama and that they have every confidence in their members that they understand it’s fiction. It’s also based heavily on historical events.

‘As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.’ One critic described the statement as ‘arrogant’. Others claimed that the intransigence displayed by the company contributed to the Family’s disquiet regarding the affair.

Netflix was accused of inflaming the conflict by urging viewers not to watch a documentary about Princess Diana. It claimed that it would provide ‘answers” to criticisms of The Crown.

Its tweet promoting the documentary – Diana: In Her Own Words – led to vicious online attacks on Charles and Camilla. Ex-press secretary to the Queen Dickie Arbiter claimed Netflix had trolls doing their dirty work.

‘Queen eats comfort, Edward has AIDS. Camilla is depressed. Charles is in a relationship with the Nanny’: Panorama probe’s key evidence was based on Earl Spencer’s notes from the first meeting between Princess Diana, Martin Bashir, and how they were scribbled.

Martin Bashir allegedly smears and lies to get his sensational Princess Diana. scoop was recorded by her brother – including the Queen ‘eating for comfort’ and Charles being in love with the family nanny.

Earl Spencer kept detailed notes from a meeting he attended on September 19, 1995, when the BBC was introduced. Man to his sister in her Knightsbridge flat  

Earl Spencer’s records reveal that Bashir claimed that Diana’s private correspondences were being opened, her car was tracked and phoned tapped by her bodyguard, and that her close friends were betraying him.

Earl Spencer’s handwritten log, which he kept of his meeting with Bashir in Knightsbridge, also contains a note that reads: ‘Camilla depressed, but still quiet for the moment’. 

Spencer made an inexcusable reference to Prince Edward by recording Bashir saying that the Queen’s youngest child was being treated for Aids at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital. Even the Queen was mentioned. Spencer mentioned Bashir’s statements that she was’very sick with heart problems’ and was a comfort eater’.  

Earl Spencer

Bashir holding a Bafta award for his Diana interview

Earl Spencer (left) took detailed notes when Martin Bashir met him (pictured right, holding a Bafta Award for his Diana interview). 

Bashir is accused of effectively grooming the vulnerable princess by playing to her worst fears with a series of false claims

Bashir is accused in a series false claims of grooming the princess vulnerable by playing to her fears through a series flimsy claims

From officials snatching Diana’s car to warnings that her reputation would ‘destroy’, Earl Spencer’s handwritten scraps could sabotage Bashir’s career. 

1: Diana’s ex-scum bodyguard 

Bashir’s opening statement stated that three MI6 agents had said to him Prince Charles’s private secretary Richard Aylard that he was ‘orchestrating” things around Diana. This included Ken Wharfe (Diana’s former bodyguard), who was described as’scum.

Diana was already paranoid that her friends and staff were betraying and at the meeting, the broadcaster allegedly presented bank statements purporting to show her closest aides were selling secrets. 

2: Charles’ secretary paid by Jonathan Dimbleby’ 

According to some reports, Aylard was paid by Jonathan Dimbleby. Two years prior, aides had made the decision to reinvent Prince Charles. This allegedly included the attack on both Diana and Spencer families a year later.

3: Charles “discussing the “end game””

Lord Dyson was given the notes. They include allegations that MI6 had recorded Prince Charles with his private secretary, which is an extraordinary and false hint that the heir to power was planning to ‘destroy the Spencers and force them into the USA. 

Charles Spencer's detailed notes, from one to five. The manila file contains notes of every meeting he had with Bashir, the logs of phone calls the BBC man made along with the faxes, the letters and even the gushing thank you cards that the reporter sent him

The detailed notes of Charles Spencer, ranging from one to five. The manila files contain notes from every meeting he had, the logs on phone calls that the BBC man made, as well as the letters and the gushing Thank You Cards that the reporter sent.

4: Spencers’ reputation would be ‘disowned’ 

To destroy Spencers’ reputation. Earl Spencer made another comment, claiming that Prince Charles wanted Victoria, Spencer’s wife, to be killed. Diana meanwhile would be forced to move to America — possibly with her brother.

5: Will Carling affair claim

This is related to the 1995 stories of the close friendship that existed between Diana and Will Carling, the married England rugby captain. Spencer mentions Bashir’s claim that Carling’s wife Julia ‘fed’ the newspaper stories.

9: Diana’s car is ‘bugged’

This note describes Bashir's alleged claim that Diana had been bugged by officials

This note describes Bashir’s alleged claim Diana was bugged by officials 

Diana’s phones and post were allegedly tapped and her phone lines bugged. This would have raised her concerns that she was being spied upon. 

Bashir told Lord Dyson he would not have made these claims at a first meeting, the Telegraph reported.

17: Camilla ‘depressed’

Camilla was allegedly described by Bashir as 'depressed, but quiet for the time being'. The second line refers to William and Harry's nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke

Bashir allegedly described Camilla as “depressed, but still quiet for the moment”. The second line refers to William and Harry’s nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke

Diana spoke out about Camilla’s feelings in the interview. She famously said, “There are three of you in this marriage.” 

Bashir might have made the attempt to encourage Bashir to mention her.

“Tiggy” refers to Tiggy Legge Bourke-Bourke, William, Harry’s. nanny who Charles was accused of having an affair with in claims that were subsequently dismissed. 

17b: Philip’s v unfavorable correspondence

Earl Spencer recorded Bashir as describing 'very unpleasant correspondence' allegedly sent by Prince Philip to Diana and Sarah Ferguson

Earl Spencer recorded Bashir as describing the’very unpleasant correspondence’ Prince Philip allegedly sent to Sarah Ferguson and Diana.

This claim claims that Diana received ‘v unpleasing correspondence’ from Philip, and suggests that he was annoyed by her ‘hero’ status. 

It also refers to Edwina Mountbatten who was the wife of Earl Mountbatten from Burma and was known for having affairs.

19: Fergie’s business deals to the US

Another reference to Sarah Ferguson, this time describing her trips to the US to try and forge a business career

Another reference to Sarah Ferguson is her description of her trips to the USA to forge a career in business. 

In 1996, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew split. This is a reference to her many trips to the USA to pursue a business career.

It adds that Andrew still “looks.”[ed]After her’ after their divorce by supporting financially

20: “Queen eats for comfort”  

This note suggests that the Queen was unwell. The note states that Queen ill: Heart and adds that she ‘eats to comfort’.