- Prince William called the BBC’s 1995 interview with Princess Diana “misleading”.
- He requested that he never appear on television again.
- According to Andrew Morton, the author of Princess Diana’s 1992 biography, it is an “important historical interview that should be part of the public record”.
Andrew Morton, author of the bombshell 1992 biography of Princess Diana, Diana: her true story, disagrees with Prince William in Diana’s famous 1995 interview with the BBC. The journalist believes it is the “supreme irony” that Diana’s son wants to “shut her up”.
Prince William slammed BBC, called Princess Diana’s interview ‘misleading’
William didn’t hold back when the BBC published the findings of an internal investigation into Diana’s 2021 interview. He spoke of the ‘misleading’ way journalist Martin Bashir falsified documents to secure the interview .
“I am of the opinion that the misleading manner in which the interview was obtained significantly influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contributor to the deterioration of my parents’ relationship and has since hurt many ‘countless other people,’ William said.
Additionally, he reminisced about the aftermath of the interview during the last years of his mother’s life.
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the failures of the BBC contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those last few years with her,” he continued.
In conclusion, William, now 40, said he felt the show should be off the air. It “has no legitimacy” and created a “false narrative”, he said.
Andrew Morton thinks Princess Diana’s son shouldn’t try to ‘shut her up’
Morton’s opinion on the fate of Diana’s BBC interview differs from William’s. Rather than never airing it again, the royal biographer believes William shouldn’t try to “posthumously muzzle” his mother.
“It is a supreme irony that it was her son who led the calls to muzzle Diana posthumously, to silence her, to prevent her from being heard, from saying what she has spent her life trying to articulate,” Morton told The Daily Beast.
He went on to call Diana’s interview “important” and “historic”. Also, that it “should be part of the public record” and available for reference to make an “accurate historical or documentary”.
Royal biographer believes Martin Bashir didn’t ‘twist’ Princess Diana’s ‘arm’ to say anything
Morton also argued that while the way Bashir got the interview was “sneaky”, what Diana said on camera were not “aberrations”.
“What she said was not an aberration,” he added, noting that many of the same topics appeared in his book. “For the BBC to lock it in a safe is a mistake,” he said.
“The methods Martin Bashir used to get Diana to sit down and talk to him were underhanded and deceptive,” he said. “But the truth is, once the cameras rolled, he didn’t twist his arm to say anything.”
“A lot of the things she said, like talking about her bulimia, her suicide attempts, her husband’s relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and the fact that she didn’t consider him fit to be king, weren’t not aberrations.”
“She was well known for saying these things to those around her, to the extent that they had become something of a schtick,” he added.
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