The Sunday Times quoted a former BBC journalist who had tricked Princess Diana into giving her an interview in 1995, denying responsibility for the chain of events leading to her death.
Martin Bashir told the newspaper that he believed his actions did not harm Princess Diana.
An independent investigation published on Thursday concluded that Bashir lied to Diana and deceived her that people were spying on her to persuade her to agree to the interview in which she revealed the details of her failed marriage to Prince Charles.
“I never wanted to hurt Diana in any way, and I don’t think we did,” Bashir told the Sunday Times.
“I don’t feel that I can be held responsible for the many other things that happened in her life and the complex issues surrounding those decisions,” Bashir said in an interview with the newspaper.
“I can understand the motive … but to hold me only responsible for the tragedy and the difficult relationship between the royal family and the media seems somewhat illogical … I think the suggestion that I am individually responsible is unreasonable and unfair.”
The newspaper quoted Bashir as confessing to using false bank statements, which the investigation said was part of Princess Diana’s deception.
He told the newspaper, “I clearly regret it, it was a mistake. But it had no effect on anything. It had no effect on her (Diana) nor on the interview.”
In a strongly worded statement, William, the 38-year-old eldest son of the princess, described the method used to conduct the interview as “deceptive.” He said, “It is a matter of unspeakable sadness to know that the (BBC) defects contributed greatly to the fear, suspicion and isolation that I remember from those last years with her.”
His younger brother Prince Harry said the interview was part of a series of immoral practices that cost his mother his life. “Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed,” he said.
Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36, after being ostracized by the royal family and assuming she was trying to undermine her due to the collapse of her relationship with Prince Charles.
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