Martin Bashir statement on Lord Dyson report, in full

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Pride of Britain Awards 2019 – London (PA Archive)
Pride of Britain Awards 2019 – London (PA Archive)

Martin Bashir has responded to Lord Dyson's report which investigated the circumstances in how the journalist secured his Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995.

Bashir said in a statement: "This is the second time that I have willingly fully co-operated with an investigation into events more than 25 years ago.

“I apologised then, and I do so again now, over the fact that I asked for bank statements to be mocked up. It was a stupid thing to do and was an action I deeply regret.

“But I absolutely stand by the evidence I gave a quarter of a century ago, and again more recently.

"I also reiterate that the bank statements had no bearing whatsoever on the personal choice by Princess Diana to take part in the interview.

“Evidence handed to the inquiry in her own handwriting (and published alongside the report today) unequivocally confirms this, and other compelling evidence presented to Lord Dyson reinforces it.

“In fact, despite his other findings, Lord Dyson himself in any event accepts that the princess would probably have agreed to be interviewed without what he describes as my 'intervention'.

"It is saddening that this single issue has been allowed to overshadow the princess' brave decision to tell her story, to courageously talk through the difficulties she faced, and, to help address the silence and stigma that surrounded mental health issues all those years ago.

“She led the way in addressing so many of these issues and that's why I will always remain immensely proud of that interview."

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