Prince William welcomes Princess Diana interview inquiry
The BBC has promised to “get to the truth” about the events surrounding the Panorama interview with Princess Diana.
Diana’s brother has alleged the BBC’s Martin Bashir used forged bank statements to convince her to do it.
Kensington Palace said in a statement that Prince William “tentatively welcomed the investigation”.
The prince, whose mother died in 1997, added: “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction.
“It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time.”
“Lord Dyson is an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process.”
Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, called for an independent inquiry earlier this month, saying “sheer dishonesty” was used to secure the interview with the princess.
In a letter to Mr Davie, reported by the Daily Mail, the earl said Bashir had used forged bank statements – which wrongly purported to show that two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services for information on his sister.
Earl Spencer wrote: “If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister.”