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Royal Family Receives Apology From BBC Over Controversial Princess Diana Interview

Big news for Princess Diana's loved ones as it has been announced that the BBC has issued a formal apology to the Royal family nearly 27 years after their now infamous interview with the late Princess, as per ET.

The long-awaited apology came shortly after the British news outlet confirmed that Prince William and Prince Harry’s former nanny, Alexandra Pettifer, won a defamation case on Thursday, which she had filed, regarding false claims in the interview that she had an affair with Prince Charles.

As Royal family fans may recall, the late Princess Diana Spencer made headlines back in 1995 after her interview with controversial journalist Martin Bashir aired.

The interview was incredibly candid and involved conversations about her battle with bulimia and her tumultuous marriage to the father of her two children, Prince Charles.

Fast forward to May 2021, an independent investigation into the infamous interview found that the BBC "fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency."

In a statement, obtained by Variety, the BBC said: “Following publication of the Dyson Report last year we have been working with those who suffered as a result of the deceitful tactics used by the BBC in pursuit of its interview with Diana, Princess of Wales for the Panorama program in 1995, including the matters that were mentioned in court today in respect of Miss Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now Mrs. Alexandra Pettifer."

The statement continued:

"The BBC has agreed to pay substantial damages to Mrs. Pettifer and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize publicly to her, to The Prince of Wales [Charles], and to the Dukes of Cambridge [William] and Sussex [Harry], for the way in which Princess Diana was deceived and the subsequent impact on all their lives."

“It is a matter of great regret that the BBC did not get to the facts in the immediate aftermath of the programme when there were warning signs that the interview might have been obtained improperly. Instead, as The Duke of Cambridge himself put it, the BBC failed to ask the tough questions.

"Had we done our job properly Princess Diana would have known the truth during her lifetime," the statement lamented.

"We let her, The Royal Family and our audiences down. Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained I have decided that the BBC will never show the program again; nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters."

Well, at least now the family finally has closure.

h/t: ET