BBC donates proceeds from Diana’s 1995 interview to charities

BBC donates proceeds from Diana’s 1995 interview to charities

The BBC said on Friday that it had donated 1.42 million pounds (1.6 million francs) to charities linked to Princess Diana, the equivalent, according to the audiovisual group, of the revenue generated by the very controversial interview carried out in 1995 with Lady Di.

“The BBC had indicated its intention to donate the proceeds from the 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales to charity. This has now been done,” the group said in a statement.

“A sum of 1.42 million pounds has been divided equally between seven associations linked to the princess”, specifies the BBC. Among them, associations for the homeless, children, patients with AIDS or leprosy, so many humanitarian causes dear to the princess who died 25 years ago.

“We were three in this marriage”

These donations are a new episode in the saga around the deceptive methods – with lies and false documents – used to organize this shock interview which broke the BBC audience records in 1995.

“There were three of us in this marriage,” said the Princess of Wales in reference to Prince Charles’ mistress Camilla. Diana also recognized in front of 23 million viewers an extramarital relationship.

In an independent report published in May 2021former Supreme Court justice John Dyson had exposed journalist Martin Bashir’s deceptive methods to land the interview and slammed the BBC for its handling of the case.

After this interview, Martin Bashir continued his career in the United States before returning to the United Kingdom to work for the BBC, until his resignation last May.

>> Read again: Lady Di’s shock 1995 BBC interview obtained by ‘deception’, report says

Compensation paid to relatives

The BBC has already compensated Lady Di’s former private secretary and reached a financial settlement with a graphic designer who was dismissed after exposing the journalist’s misleading methods.

The group also agreed in July to pay “significant” damages to the former nanny of princes William and Harry, targeted by false allegations to win the interview-event.

Died on August 31, 1997 in Paris in a car accident while being chased by paparazzi, the Princess of Wales remains an icon 25 years after her death, which shocked the whole world and shook the British monarchy.

>> Read also: 25 years ago the UK woke up to the death of Lady Di


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