The BBC Diana Interview Saw Prince William Bullied – Who’s at Fault?

  • The BBC interview with Princess Diana in 1995 will go down in history for many reasons.
  • Now, it will be remembered for the reported lies and falsification of documents that surround it.
  • Prince William has every right to be absolute incandescent with rage over this.

The BBC interview conducted by Martin Bashir and Princess Diana took place when Prince William was only 13 years old, yet considerably affected his life.

The interview was considered at the time to be a huge deal and a source of immense discomfort for the royal family.

Anti-royalists reacted with glee, despite the very real people involved in this sad soap opera.

At the time, Prince Diana was a young woman going through an extremely tough period in her life, not to mention the two young children who also found themselves living with the fallout from this interview their mother carried out with Martin Bashir.

The BBC seem able to do whatever they like without fear of punishment. | Source: Twitter

Prince William has every right to feel anger towards Martin Bashir and the BBC

The world at the time was focused entirely on what Princess Diana had said during her interview. Meanwhile, a young Prince William was facing the brunt of the fallout in his own way.

Speaking on the matter, Simone Simmons, a friend of Princess Diana, claims that William suffered from bullying due to the interview:

People at [his] school were calling her all sorts of names. Of course, it was in all the papers, and William told me he was teased at school because of it.

I do find it somewhat ironic that today we often hear more about how the death of Princess Diana has affected Prince Harry, with his interviews talking about camera shutters and paparazzi flashbulbs. Yet, we don’t see much consideration given to how the situation surrounding Diana affected Prince William.

Granted, he doesn’t speak too much on the matter, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t affected. The bullying he suffered is a testament to that.

BBC reporter Martin Bashir has a chequered past, to say the least

It has now come to light that the interview conducted by Martin Bashir with Princess Diana was built upon a foundation of lies.

Lies reportedly perpetrated by a man who would seemingly stop at nothing to further his own career.

Matt Weisler, a former graphic artist at the BBC, was reportedly asked by Martin Bashir, now the BBC’s religious affairs editor, to draft some replica bank statements.

Little did he know that these false documents were later used by Bashir to trick Princess Diana into an interview.

How Prince William, and indeed Prince Harry, must be feeling right now is anyone’s guess. Both of them have every right to be thoroughly incensed by the behavior of a so-called reputable reporter. Not to mention one of Britain’s most respected media outlets.

Of course, Bashir has a chequered past, to say the least, including a similar “career-defining” interview with pop star Michael Jackson.

Martin Bashir has been too ill to answer questions. | Source: Twitter

This proves that Prince William, Duchess Kate, and other royals are fair game for the media in Britain

Despite some newer elements of the royal fanbase believing that the British press victimizing royals begins and ends with Meghan Markle, this is evidence that the media were far worse in their actions 25 years ago than they are today.

Royal figures such as Princess Diana, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, and Duchess Kate Middleton have been treated appallingly by the media.

Martin Bashir is currently hiding behind being unwell as an excuse for not answering any questions on this matter. Despite being spotted well enough to walk to a takeaway and buy food.

That he remains in his position with the BBC today is disgraceful.

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10 thoughts on “The BBC Diana Interview Saw Prince William Bullied – Who’s at Fault?”

  1. The fact that Bashir was able to trick, deceive and manipulate Diana into giving the interview only highlights how emotionally unstable and unintelligent she was – personality traits that her youngest son inherited and led to his present situation. It also shows how isolated she was; since apparently nobody was around to tell her what a bad idea it was. She either trusted nobody, or she felt that she could make decisions without asking for input from anybody else.

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    • She often ignored advise because she thought she had better instincts. It’s a recurring theme in her life according to every biography about her including the one she had ghostwritten by Andrew Morton in 1992.

      In the past decade, several prominent people who knew her have written their memoirs and revealed that she actually canvassed a wide circle of them, media experts and personal friends alike, on the wisdom of doing this interview. They all told her not to do it, but apparently were unaware that she was arranging it even as she solicited their advise about whether it was a good idea in the first place.

      Having received a resounding NOPE from everyone she canvassed, she went ahead and arranged it secretly and only her butler was aware and only because he had to arrange the practical details. Her aides didn’t know and found out the afternoon the programme was to air.

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  2. The media never cares about the effect they have on famous people’s children. It broke my heart to read that Prince William was bullied and ridiculed at school because of this interview. How could that happen to a future King? So sad.

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  3. Martin surely manipulated a vulnerable and emotionally unstable woman to his advantage. He has broken journalistic ethics with this interview and it is unforgivable as it led to divorce of Diana and Charles and subsequent forfeiting of royal protection for Diana leading to her death.

    The treatment that Meghan got from the press was nothing compared to other royal wives. Their snowflake idiotic fans claims their idol was treated unfairly by the press due to her race. That is because those fans see only race in everything and it is an easy ticket to shut down any fair criticism. Those fans don’t seem have the ability to analyse the situation or to have clear critical thinking to come to the right conclusion.

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    • I read that Bashir convinced Diana that her royal protection officers (RPO) were spying on her and reporting back to Charles, which led to her firing them. I am convinced that if she had had RPOs with her on that last fateful evening in Paris, she would still be alive because they would never have allowed her to get into a car with Dodi’s drunk driver.

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    • She didn’t forfeit her royal bodyguards. She fired them because she thought they were spying on her. Google accounts of her divorce in which retired professionals – bankers and lawyers – say she was adamant that she gave up the bodyguards and the HRH. She distrusted the royal household so badly that she wanted nothing to do with them.

      What is not often reported these days is that after the loss of her bodyguards the paps were able to harass her without restraint. When you see video footage and photos of her being chased down streets or airports, those are after her bodyguards were gone. The palace became so alarmed by the harassment that they offered the return of the bodyguards on numerous occasions and she refused everytime because her distrust outweighed her better judgement.

      When she died, it was immediately spun that these things were stripped from her when the sad truth is that she was so distrustful that she threw them away and refused to have them back even when it was so clear that she was in danger.

      The only time she wasn’t harassed during that period was when she had the boys with her because the palace overruled her over bodyguards for the boys.

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  4. One of my biggest regrets in life is getting angry and yelling at my mother after she disparaged the BBC. I can’t even explain my thought process at the time. I thought they were reputable and that she was a brainwashed old lady. Now I realize what a fool I was. Sadly, she is no longer here for me to apologize to.

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