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The brothers’ relationship has deteriorated over the last couple of years, with Harry recently confirming they were on “different paths”. They are set to reunite to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday in July, but may give separate speeches as their relationship shows no sign of being repaired. However, they showed a hint of reconciliation last week when they issued statements to the public at the same time after the publication of Lord Dyson’s report.
It criticised the methods Martin Bashir used to secure his bombshell 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, including using fake bank statements.
Royal expert Robert Jobson has now said their recent shared fury over the BBC findings could be the first step in patching up their feud.
He told ABC’s HeirPod podcast: “This may – their indignation at the BBC – may bring them all together, because frankly the feuding, blaming, finger-pointing has to stop at some stage.
“I’d hope that any sons, whoever they are, royal or not, could have the decency to come together to pay tribute to their mother who they lost at a very early age, and pay their respects thoughtfully and with honour.
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“I think to continue this feuding is both pointless and upsetting for everybody, I don’t think doing our Royal Family any good in its brand abroad, and at some stage they have got to sit down and talk, so why not sit down and talk after the unveiling of a statue of someone who did so much good for so many people around the world?”
Diana’s interview became infamous after she spoke about her failed marriage to Prince Charles.
The princess famously said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”, which was a reference to Camilla, who Charles later married.
But an inquiry found last week the BBC covered up “deceitful behaviour” used by Mr Bashir to secure the interview with Diana, and “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency”.
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Harry and William both issued statements at the same after the BBC’s findings into their mother’s interview
The journalist was also found to be in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Earl Spencer to gain access to the princess, a report by Lord Dyson revealed.
The BBC has now written to the Royal Family to apologise for the circumstances around the interview.
The Duke of Sussex welcomed the inquiry but said the findings were the “first step towards justice” but warned of bad media practices still being around now.
He said: “Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. “She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest.
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“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.
“To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it.
“That is the first step towards justice and truth.
“Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these – and even worse – are still widespread today.
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“Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.
“Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed.
“By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life.
“Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”
Meanwhile, William did not hold back as he also issued a statement criticising the BBC for its failings around his mother’s Panorama interview.
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He added it made her “fear, paranoia and isolation” worse.
William said he was left with “indescribable sadness” to know the BBC had “contributed significantly” to Diana’s state of mind in the final years of her life.
He said: “She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”
In response to the findings, Mr Bashir said last week: “This is the second time that I have willingly fully co-operated with an investigation into events more than 25 years ago. I apologised then, and I do so again now, over the fact that I asked for bank statements to be mocked up.
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“It was a stupid thing to do and was an action I deeply regret. But I absolutely stand by the evidence I gave a quarter of a century ago, and again more recently.
“I also reiterate that the bank statements had no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview. Evidence handed to the inquiry in her own handwriting (and published alongside the Report today) unequivocally confirms this, and other compelling evidence presented to Lord Dyson reinforces it.
“In fact, despite his other findings, Lord Dyson himself in any event accepts that the Princess would probably have agreed to be interviewed without what he describes as my ‘intervention’.
“It is saddening that this single issue has been allowed to overshadow the Princess’ brave decision to tell her story, to courageously talk through the difficulties she faced, and, to help address the silence and stigma that surrounded mental health issues all those years ago.
“She led the way in addressing so many of these issues and that’s why I will always remain immensely proud of that interview.”
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BBC director-general Tim Davie reflected on the “shocking” way in which whistleblowers were treated over the with Diana.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think some of the most disappointing and shocking elements of this, and there are multiple failings of which we have apologised for, are things like the whistleblowing, how did that work?
“The very person who raised this – and I know many staff feel very strongly about this – the very person who raised this as an issue, suffered enormous impacts, which we’re very sorry for.
“That cannot happen again. We have improved processes but I want to look again at things.”
He also said Mr Bashir is still “working out a short notice period” at the corporation.