Princess Diana Didn’t Regret ‘Panorama’ Interview, Biographer Says

Despite reports to the contrary, Princess Diana did not regret her infamous 1995 interview with Martin Bashir on the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ program, according to her biographer Tina Brown.

Veteran journalist Brown, who wrote the biography, “The Diana Chronicles”, in 2007, has a new book called “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor, the Truth and the Turmoil” coming out shortly.

In an excerpt from the book, published in Vanity Fair, Brown describes meeting British entrepreneur Gulu Lalvani who had dated Diana shortly before her death.

“Lalvani told me that Diana said she didn’t regret the interview and made it clear that she said exactly what she wanted to say on camera. (She even co-opted lines such as ‘We were three in this marriage” of her writer friend Clive James.) “She was delighted [the interview]Lalvani confirmed to me. “She had nothing bad to say about Martin Bashir. She realized that it served her purpose. She was right. Her “aim” was to portray herself to the British public as a betrayed wife ahead of the increasingly inevitable divorce from Charles. Opinion polls following the interview showed support for the princess at 92%. She had the audience in the palm of her hand,” writes Brown.

“I do not subscribe to the now pervasive narrative that Diana was a vulnerable victim of media manipulation, a mere puppet shaken by malign forces beyond her control. Although strongly sensitive to the pain of her sons, I find it offensive to present the cunning and resourceful Diana as a woman without agency, either as a stupid and deceived child or as the unfortunate victim of malevolent muckrakers, ”adds Brown.

British media personality Piers Morgan, who is also quoted in Brown’s book, corroborated Brown’s view on Wednesday.

“True. Diana told me that over lunch 6 months after the interview aired. ‘Do you regret doing Panorama? I asked. ‘No,’ she replied. ‘I didn’t no regrets. Wanted to do it, put my side on it. There’s been so much nonsense said and written it’s about time people got to know the truth,’ Morgan tweeted.

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