Royal Family crisis looms as Diana interview set for HUGE audience on Netflix


PRINCESS DIANA’s infamous interview with BBC Panorama is to debut on Netflix this month, a move which will give the Princess of Wales’s words an even wider audience.

The documentary also features testimony from both BBC insiders and some of those closest to Diana.

In 1995, the bombshell interview drew more than 22.8 million viewers in the UK alone.

The release of this programme by Channel 5 in October 2020 created new interest in the interview and the claims Princess Diana made.

This curiosity is set to be renewed once again with its arrival on Netflix, something that will unlikely be seen under a positive light by the palace.

The worldwide streaming platform saw in the third quarter of 2020 the number of households subscribed to its streaming services growing to 15 million in Great Britain alone.

Speaking to Mr Bashir, Princess Diana famously discussed Prince Charles and then-Camilla Parker Bowles’ affair saying: “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.

Princess Diana also spoke about her own extramarital affair with James Hewitt, saying at one point she too had been “in love” with someone outside of her marriage.

The Princess of Wales, who separated from Prince Charles in December 1992, went on discussing her position within the Royal Family following the split.

She claimed “people’s agendas changed overnight” and she was now seen as “a problem” and “a liability”.

Most astoundingly, she discussed Prince Charles’s suitability as a future monarch, before speaking about becoming Queen Consort herself.

She said: “I’d like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself being Queen of this country”.

Among other key topics touched upon by Diana, the princess also openly discussed her mental health, eating disorder and how she suffered from post-natal depression following the birth of Prince William.

This interview played a pivotal role in the split of Princess Diana from the Royal Family, with the Queen recommending the Waleses to get a divorce shortly after the BBC Panorama special aired.

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Princess Diana opened up about her mental health during the Panorama interview (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir was broadcasted in 1995 (Image: GETTY)

The couple eventually finalised their divorce in 1996.

One year later, on August 31 1997, Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris.

In November last year, the BBC reopened an investigation, led by the former supreme court judge Lord Dyson, into whether Mr Bashir acted improperly to land the interview.

The announcement came after a letter published on the same month by the Daily Mail, in which Charles Spencer claimed Mr Bashir had tricked him by showing the false bank statements suggesting staff at Buckingham Palace were against Princess Diana, which pushed him to introduce the journalist to his sister.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married in July 1981 (Image: EXPRESS)

He wrote last year: “If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister.

“In turn, he would have remained just one of thousands of journalists hoping that he/she had a tiny chance of getting her to speak to them, with no realistic prospect of doing so.”

Tim Davie, the broadcaster’s new director-general, said: “The BBC is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth.

“We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.”

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)

In the same month, the BBC found a note written by Diana stating the false bank statements had no role in her decision to speak on camera.

The broadcaster had initially said the handwritten letter was no longer in its possession.

Last month the Metropolitan Police ruled out a criminal investigation into Mr Bashir over allegations he used fake documents to persuade Diana to take part in the interview.

The first investigation into Mr Bashir’s behaviour was conducted in 1996, and found the fake documents had been forced but did not help the journalist in gaining the interview.


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