Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer claimed that false documents were allegedly used to win her trust which brought her Panorama interview back under the spotlight.
BBC had previously denied destroying archived documents relating to the explosive Panorama interview with Princess Diana but it has now found evidence suggesting that four different dossiers had been either destroyed or "not retained". It said the documents, destroyed between 2004 and 2009, had "little archive value" or "were duplications of other records", reported Express UK.
it was further reported that the missing paperwork could not be identified "because it does not hold further information". A BBC spokesman said the destroyed files had come to light after the corporation carried out a more detailed search. Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer claimed that false documents were allegedly used to win her trust which brought her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir back under the spotlight. Earl Spencer had alleged last year that Bashir 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. A legal representative subsequently made a formal complaint to the Met alleging unlawful activity. The BBC launched its own investigation but the Metropolitan Police have ruled out a criminal inquiry into the background to the interview, Express reported.
It has been reported that Scotland Yard said that "no further action" will be taken. "Following this detailed assessment and in view of the legal advice we received, we have determined that it is not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into these allegations. In this matter, as in any other, should any significant new evidence come to light we will assess it." said Commander Alex Murray. At the time of the interview, Diana had separated from Prince Charles but not yet divorced. The program in which the beloved Princess famously said that "there were three of us in this marriage", in reference to the Prince of Wales's relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles was viewed by almost 23 million people, Express reported.
Bashir, who is currently a BBC News religion editor, has been recovering from heart surgery and complications from Covid-19 and was unable to comment on Earl Spencer's allegations. The BBC investigation is apparently looking at the steps Mr Bashir and others within the corporation took to secure the interview with Diana. It has been reported that Lord Dyson, who was Master of the Rolls - the second most senior judge in England and Wales - for four years, is leading the probe. The BBC apparently said that it was handing over "all of its relevant records" to him, reported Express.