Princess Diana ‘told Piers Morgan she had no regrets’ over Martin Bashir interview
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Piers Morgan has claimed Princess Diana told him she "had no regets" over her interview with Martin Bashir.
The former Good Morning Britain star, 56, slammed the BBC for their "scandalous behaviour" surrounding the controversial 1995 Panorama interview with the Princess.
A recent independent report into the BBC practices found that Martin Bashir used "deceitful behaviour" to obtain the interview with The People's Princess.
But Piers has also insisted that Diana, who tragically died in 1997, "wanted" to do the interview with Martin.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Piers explained: "In May 1996, six months after the interview aired, Diana invited me for a private lunch at Kensington Palace with her and 13-year-old Prince William. 'Do you regret doing Panorama?' I asked.
"'No,' she replied, emphatically. 'I have no regrets. I wanted to do it, to put my side over. There has been so much rubbish said and written that it was time people knew the truth. But I won’t do it again. Once is enough. I have done what I set out to do'."
Piers added that he also quizzed a young Prince William,who recently returned to the university where he met Kate Middleton, on his thoughts about his mother's interview.
The journalist, who recently claimed ITV had "reached out" for him to return to GMB, continued: "I looked over at her son, who was staring unhappily down at his plate. ‘Did YOU think it was a good idea, William?’ I asked.
"He pursed his lips, his cheeks reddened, and he replied: 'I'd rather not say…'
"William didn’t need to – his opinion was clearly very different to his mother’s."
It comes after the Duke of Cambridge, 38, blasted Martin Bashir over the "deceitful" interview.
In a statement Prince William said: "I would like to thank Lord Dyson and his team for the report.
"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."
He continued: "It brings me indescribable sadness to know that the BBC's failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.
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"But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.
"She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by the leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.
He concluded: "It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again.
"It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others."
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