Princess Diana heartbreak: Netflix to restore royal’s legacy with BBC interview episode

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PRINCESS Diana’s infamous 1995 interview with Martin Bashir is reportedly set to feature in an episode of Netflix’s successful series The Crown, despite Prince William previously condemning its “commercialisation”.

Netflix have the opportunity “to refocus the legacy” of Princess Diana’s interview with BBC Panorama, which caused a national scandal when it aired during the 1990s. A TV host has stated his hope that the fifth season of The Crown focuses on “the deception” behind the interview, which saw journalist Martin Bashir forge bank documents to obtain Diana’s trust. Prince William has previously spoken of his “indescribable sadness” at the BBC’s handling of the interview and stated his belief that it should never be aired again.

Speaking on Entertainment Tonight Canada, host Roz Weston said: “I think that they have a chance to refocus the legacy of that interview.

“I mean Netflix is huge and this show is huge and I don’t think it’s going to be portrayed as a straight-up interview.

“I would like to see them do all the behind-the-scenes of what Bashir did to get that interview and that way, in people’s minds, you will know the deception.

“You will know what he did to get Diana to sit down and talk about the things that she decided to talk about that day, when really she should never have been in that position to do that in the first place.

Netflix could 'refocus' Diana's legacy

Netflix could ‘refocus the legacy’ of Diana’s BBC interview (Image: GETTY)

Princess Diana spoke to Martin Bashir in 1995

Princess Diana spoke to Martin Bashir about her failed marriage in 1995 (Image: GETTY)

“Maybe that’s the way that we’ll think about that interview, as opposed to for years, we’ve just taken it for granted and thought it was what it was until the investigation. I hope that they show that part of it on the show.”

Reports had emerged earlier this week after a Netflix insider told The Sun that the Emmy award-winning series The Crown had a full episode dedicated to Diana’s interview with Bashir.

The fifth season of the successful show will follow the Royal Family throughout the 1990s, with an emphasis expected to be placed on the breakdown of Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage.

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki and British actor Dominic West are taking on the roles, with episodes expected to hit the streaming service in November 2022.

In May, a report was published following an investigation by Lord Dyson which concluded that the BBC had used deceptive methods in obtaining access to the Princess of Wales.

The report found that “clear failings” had been made in the BBC’s handling of the interview, which allowed journalist Martin Bashir to present falsified documents to both Diana and her brother, the Earl Spencer.

The forged bank statements implied that members of Diana’s household were being employed by the Royal Family to observe her behaviour.

In a statement after the report’s publication, Bashir said: “I reiterate that the bank statements had no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview.”

Prince William also made a rare statement outside Kensington Palace, where he said that the BBC’s failures had contributed to his mother’s sense of “fear, paranoia and isolation” during her final years.

The Duke said: “It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

“It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.”

Prince Harry echoed his brother’s sentiments, and released a statement condemning the “ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices” within the media.

The interview had originally aired in 1995 following the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Diana openly spoke about her struggles with bulimia and depression, and spoke of the emotional coldness within the monarchy. She famously said “there were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded”, when asked about Charles’ extra-marital affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

It sparked a PR crisis for Buckingham Palace and hit headlines around the world. Shortly after its broadcast, the Queen wrote to both her son and daughter-in-law to request that they divorce.

Princess Diana tragically died in 1997 at the age of 36. She suffered fatal injuries during a car accident in Paris, after her vehicle lost control whilst being pursued by the paparazzi.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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