Princess Diana and William clashed in fiery row after Prince ‘teased’ over BBC interview


PRINCE WILLIAM and Princess Diana suffered their first major falling out after her controversial 1995 interview with BBC Panorama – because the Prince was “teased at school”.

The BBC has launched an investigation amid allegations journalist Martin Bashir lied and committed subterfuge to obtain the interview, which was watched by almost 23 million people. But the first fall-out happened between a “furious” 13-year-old Prince William and his mother shortly after it aired.

Diana’s close friend, Simone Simmons, told Vanity Fair: “It was the most angry I’d seen him at her.”

She described William as “absolutely livid” which left Diana “distraught” and in a “terrible state”.

Ms Simmons added: “Of course it was in all the papers and William told me he was teased at school because of it.

“He felt really bad for his mum because of what she had gone through, but he was furious with her.

“People at school were calling her all sorts of names.

“The weekend after it went out they had a big row at Kensington Palace.”

It comes after Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, claimed the Panorama reporter used fake bank statements to gain his trust.

Earl Spencer said he never would have introduced Mr Bashir to his sister if he had not been presented the bank statements.

The statements are said to wrongly alleged senior courtiers were being paid for information on his sister.

Tim Davie, the BBC’s director general, said the corporation “is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth”.

He added a “robust and independent investigation” is being commissioned.

Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36, are also said to be following developments in the story closely.

Prince William and Prince Harry are said to be closely watching the investigation into Bashir

Prince William and Prince Harry are said to be closely watching the investigation into Bashir (Image: Getty)

Princess Diana and William

Princess Diana with Prince William at polo (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Image)

Former BBC chairman Michael Grade described the allegations as a “very, very serious matter”.

Princess Diana revealed in the interview the breakdown of her marriage with Prince Charles, saying “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” in reference to Camilla, who would later become the Duchess of Cornwall upon marriage to Charles.

Mr Bashir, 57, is said to be seriously unwell and unable to respond to the allegations.

The BBC cleared itself of any wrongdoing after an initial inquiry in 1996, one year after the Panorama interview.

Prince William attends the National Service Of Remembrance

Prince William at the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster, November 2020 (Image: Getty)

The investigation also focused on the use of fake bank statements to gain Diana’s trust.

But it was brought to a conclusion because the BBC claims to have received a handwritten letter from the late Princess.

However, the letter has since been lost with the BBC in a statement adding: “The BBC no longer possesses a physical copy of this note.

“But its existence is documented in the records, and it was seen at the time by management.”


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