The Duke of Cambridge released a video statement shortly after the report from Lord Dyson came out last week, addressing the investigation into the infamous BBC Panorama interview from 1995. He launched a full scale attack on the “extremely concerning” findings that Martin Bashir forged documents which gave the journalist access to Princess Diana, and criticised the BBC’s “woeful incompetence” when later investigating the programme. The Duke then said the interview has “no legitimacy” in his eyes, and “should never be aired again” after it propagated a supposedly “false narrative”.
His strong reaction has stunned royal spheres — never before has a future monarch attacked the BBC with such fury.
Even when the interview first aired, William was “mortified”.
The interview itself included the now famous quote from Diana that “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”, alluding to Charles’ long-term affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and revealed just how miserable the Princess had been behind Palace walls.
It was a turning point for Diana’s life as a working royal, as it left the Palace reeling – along with her eldest son.
But, in the ITV documentary, ‘Prince William at 30’, the narrator claimed: “For William, who had always supported his mother, this time she had gone too far.”
Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said: “For him, wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve so publicly and bringing humiliation onto the Royal Family — well that was a big no-no.
“He refused to speak to his mother for some days after that and bear in mind how close they were, this was absolutely devastating for Diana.”
But, in her book ‘Kate: The Future Queen’, the commentator also alleged that the Duke then “called his mother in a fury and a rage” unable to understand why she had gone ahead with the dramatic tell-all, before letting days of silence go by.
The BBC’s former royal correspondent Jennie Bond also told ITV that William was “desperately upset” and “couldn’t believe that she’d laid her soul so bare”.
Ms Nicholl claimed: “William was exposed to everything from that interview.”
“He was mortified.”
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She explained how the young royal had to deal with widespread reports regarding his parents’ affairs when he was just 13.
Speaking on the Amazon Prime documentary, ‘William and Harry: Brothers in Arms’, Diana’s close friend Simone Simmons recalled how the Princess had been worried about her eldest son’s reaction.
According to Ms Simmons, William allegedly said to his mother that “he would never forgive her for what she had done”.
However, during the BBC’s 2017 documentary, ‘Diana 7 Days’, William explained that he now understood why his mother wanted to make such a public statement through her bombshell interview.
He said: “Having sometimes been in those situations, you feel incredibly desperate and it is very unfair that things are being said that are untrue.
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“The easier thing to do is just to say or go to the media yourself, open that door.
“[But] once you’ve opened it you can never close it again.”
William is said to also be furious with his younger brother, Prince Harry, after he and his wife Meghan Markle agreed to their own tell-all back in March.
They aired their grievances against the Royal Family during a CBS Special, and while royal fans hoped for a reconciliation during Prince Philip’s funeral, Harry has since made more allegations against the monarchy.
The unveiling of the Princess Diana memorial statue in July, expected to be attended by both brothers, is now becoming a highly-anticipated affair — especially as the Duke of Cambridge has reportedly not forgiven his brother.
An insider told Us Weekly: “The conversation Harry and William had after the big interview didn’t end well.
“And yes, they agreed over the statue, but communication between them was sparse and over email and Whatsapp.”
A second source added: “They definitely haven’t reached the stage where all is forgiven nor have they buried the hatchet.”