Princess Diana's brother shares his handwritten notes which show the 32 smears that tricked her into BBC interview
8th November 2020

PRINCESS Diana’s brother has shared his handwritten notes which allegedly show the 32 smears that tricked her into a BBC interview with Martin Bashir.

The astonishing lies, noted down by Earl Spencer, were used by the journalist in order to secure the exclusive interview with the royal, the Daily Mail reports.

It comes as the BBC was forced into an apology over claims that two forged bank statements were used to secure the historic 1995 scoop. 

The broadcaster tonight told the Mail that a “robust” investigation would be opened – and promised it would have “the appropriate independence”. 

In a record of the interview, seen by the Mail, Earl Spencer details Bashir’s extraordinary web of lies – which he hawked at a meeting with Diana and her brother at a flat in London on September 19, 1995.

The notes reveal that Bashir falsely claimed that Diana’s private correspondence was being opened, her phone tapped and her car tracked.

Mr Bashir also claimed to Diana that her bodyguard was plotting against her – and that her close friends were betraying her. 

And the journalist is alleged to have told Diana that MI6 recorded Prince Charles and his private secretary planning the “end game”. 

The notes even reveal that Bashir told Lady Di that Charles was "in love" with nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke – and that the pair had gone on a secret holiday together.

Martin Bashir’s ‘dossier of lies’ revealed

Among the lies Martin Bashir allegedly told to Princess Diana include:

  • Princess Diana’s private correspondence was being opened, her car tracked and her phone tapped.
  • Her bodyguard was plotting against her, and close friends were planning to betray her.
  • MI6 had recorded Prince Charles and his private secretary planning the "end game".
  • Charles and nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke went on a secret holiday together.
  • The heir to the throne was "in love" with Miss Legge-Bourke.
  • Prince Edward was undergoing treatment for Aids at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
  • The Queen was a "comfort eater" with "heart problems".

The BBC has said it will investigate his claims after Earl Spencer accused the corporation of failing to accept the "full gravity of the situation".

Earlier this week the 56-year-old accused the Beeb of a "whitewash" in a dramatic letter blasting Martin Bashir for his alleged role in persuading the royal to speak.

Earl Spencer told director-general Tim Davie Bashir showed him falsified bank accounts, which claimed to wrongly show two senior courtiers were being paid by security services for information on Diana, in the hope it would win him an introduction to her.

He also claims to have a letter sent to him by Bashir, where he implied Prince Charles had an affair with their nanny to increase pressure on Diana and Earl Spencer's co-operation.

Diana's furious brother said if he hadn't seen the bank statements he would not have made the introduction and the scoop wouldn't have happened.

The bombshell interview then saw Diana tell Bashir "there were three people in the marriage" – a reference to her estranged husband's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles – and attracted 23 million viewers.

The broadcaster has said it has not been possible to question Bashir about the interview, as he is “seriously unwell” with coronavirus.

But sources told the Mail that the journalist is recovering at home following treatment in hospital and is “up and about”. 


Before Mr Davie issued a partial apology last week, Mr Spencer had said it was "palpably untrue" for the BBC to say the bank statements were irrelevant.

According to The Daily Mail, in an email on October 23 Earl Spencer wrote: "If it were not for me seeing these statements, I would not have introduced Bashir to my sister."

He added: "The sheer dishonesty of what I've seen in the BBC 25 years ago – both in Bashir and his colleague's actions in securing the interview, and the whitewash under Tony Hall's name – demands it."

Earl Spencer says he warned Diana against working with Bashir and kept notes of their first meeting at a pal's flat in September 1995.

The institution eventually launched its own investigation into the faked document which concluded in April 1996 that: "The BBC has been able, independently, to verify that these documents were put to no use which had any bearing, direct or indirect, on the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales."

But renewed publicity around the 25th anniversary of the interview and the airing again of the claims against Bashir, has prompted Earl Spencer to take up the case again.

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997, after suffering fatal injuries in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris.

Her companion Dodi Fayed and driver and security guard Henri Paul were also killed in the crash.

To secure the interview two years before her death, Bashir has also been accused of exploiting the princess' fears that her private conversations were being bugged by the secret services to garner a meeting.

Charles Spencer insists this is a "lie" and has also produced evidence of a letter written to him by Bashir, in which the journalist attempts to heap further pressure on both himself and Diana to co-operate.

Bashir had referenced salacious rumours that were circulating about her children's nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, having "recurring intimacy" with a "particular individual".

In his letter, Bashir makes a series of claims and says Miss Legge-Bourke is "keen to divert much attention".

Miss Legge-Bourke was at the centre of Bashir's attempt to secure his interview.

The nanny's relationship with William and Harry had led to jealousy from Diana and by 1995, the princess was also concerned about a closeness between Miss Legge-Bourke and her estranged husband.

In a statement, the broadcaster told the Mail: “As the BBC has already said, we will have a robust investigation. 

“It will have the appropriate independence.”

The Sun Online has contacted the BBC for comment.

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