Diana warned of dangerous repercussions of Panorama interview on day of recording


Two years before her tragic death, Princess Diana sat down for a tell-all interview with journalist Martin Bashir for BBC’s Panorama.

“He was having lunch in Kensington Palace with her and the cameras were being set up upstairs.”

Paraphrasing the late royal, he added: “Diana said to him ‘I’m thinking about doing this thing’, not knowing it was happening that night.

“The editor said do not under any circumstances, you should not do this.princess diana bbc interview

Diana in her interview with Martin Bashir (Image: PA)

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Diana was only 36 when she died in Paris in 1997 (Image: PA)

“So, even on the day [Diana] was being told not do it.”

After being asked if Diana held any regrets about the interview, he said: “I think in the initial days after she really felt she’d put her voice out there.

“She also believed what [Martin] Bashir told her about the security services listening to her.

“[However] I think as more clarity set in, it became more and more apparent [that] it was a huge mistake.”

Years after her tragic death, Diana’s eldest son Prince William reportedly pleaded with bosses of The Crown to cut the interview from the series.

The fifth season, which was released on Netflix earlier this month, shows a recreation of the interview over two episodes.

The Prince of Wales had demanded the interview with Mr Bashir no longer be broadcast following the inquiry into how the BBC reporter had secured Diana’s consent to record.

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Diana pictured with her two sons, William and Harry (Image: GETTY)

During the interview, the late royal lamented the breakdown of her marriage due to infidelity and expressed doubts about her then-husband’s suitability to lead the country.

Princess Diana died less than two years after the interview first aired in November 1995.

Diana died from injuries she sustained from a car crash in Paris, alongside her then-lover Dodi Fayed.


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