Hall was chief of the BBC from 2013 to 2020, but in 1996 he led an internal investigation into Diana’s much-discussed conversation with reporter Martin Bashir. Earlier this year, an independent investigation revealed that the interview had been arranged with false information. Then the BBC plunged into the depths of the dust.
“I have a lot of respect for the Prince. I have worked with him many times in the past and I am very sorry this has hurt him. I wanted to make that clear,” said Hall, who had not yet spoken to the Prince. “At the time, we did what we thought was right at the time,” says the former TV chief. Now he finds that Bashir should have been expelled.
Anxiety and paranoia
Prince William criticized the BBC after the result of the new investigation. According to the Duke of Cambridge, BPR contributed “significantly” to Diana’s “anxiety, paranoia and isolation”. “The interview was a major contributor to the deterioration of my parents’ relationship and has harmed countless others since then,” he said. According to the prince, his mother, who died in 1997, fell victim not only to a “rogue reporter”, but also to “the failure of the BBC chiefs who looked the other way instead of asking tough questions”.
William Harry’s brother also responded to the findings. He told several media outlets that he saw the investigation as a “first step towards justice and truth.”
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