Lord Dyson’s report has revealed that the BBC and its former journalist, Martin Bashir had used deceit and fraud to secure an interview with Diana. The fallout has seen Diana’s children, Prince William and Prince Harry, condemn the BBC and what they deem as the organisation’s “unethical practices”. Harry even went as far as to say that the interview, that was aired more than 25 years ago, ultimately led to his mother’s death. When Diana was kicked out of the Firm she began to increase her star power by supporting more controversial charities – something that Queen Elizabeth II could not understand and Diana also began to rub shoulders with the world’s politicians.
When the BBC Panorama interview aired in 1995, it caused mixed reactions.
Some people garnered sympathy for Diana while others including former Tory Prime Minister John Major felt that the Princess of Wales wanted to turn people against the Royal Family.
While Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh pleaded with Diana to stop speaking out through his private letters – Sir John also said that he would be unable to offer Diana a decent life once she had left the firm.
Sir John believed Diana was “milking,” and “manipulating the media”.
Once Prince Charles and Diana’s divorce was announced, Sir John issued a statement in the Houses of Parliament and said: “I am sure that I speak for the whole House – and millions beyond it – in offering our support to both the Prince and Princess of Wales.
“I am also sure that the House will sympathise with the wish that they should be afforded a degree of privacy.
“The House will wish to know that the decision to separate has no constitutional implications.
“The succession to the throne is unaffected by it; the children of the Prince and Princess retain their position in the line of succession; and there is no reason why the Princess of Wales should not be crowned Queen in due course.”
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“I know that there will be great sadness in this news.
“But I know also that, as they continue with their royal duties and with bringing up their children, the Prince and Princess will have the full support, understanding and affection of the House and of the country.”
Diana, Princess of Wales was once again advised against her choices when she began dating Mohamed Al Fayed’s son, Dodi in 1997.
Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared to disapprove.
In Mr Blair’s 2010, memoir, ‘A Journey,’ he wrote that he believed Diana’s relationship with Mr Al Fayed was deemed to be a “problem”.
Although he did not believe Mr Al Fayed’s race and religion played a part in his feelings, he claimed the relationship made him feel “uneasy”.