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Martin Bashir is back in public for the first time in days


Martin Bashir looked “fit and good” when he charged his electrically powered Mercedes after fleeing London.

The journalist under fire spent half an hour charging his SUV at a gas station.

One viewer said: “He looked slim and fit and walked around with no problem. He was with his wife and she got coffee and they sat and talked for a while when the car got its load.

"He didn't seem to care about the world."

Bashir and his family left London last Friday. Movers packed up their £ 2 million home in Maida Vale.

Martin Bashir looked “fit and good” when he charged his electrically powered Mercedes after fleeing London

The journalist under fire spent half an hour charging his SUV at a gas station

Bashir and his family left London last Friday. Movers packed up their £ 2 million Maida Vale home.

The journalist under fire spent half an hour charging his SUV at a gas station. Bashir and his family left London last Friday. Movers packed up their £ 2 million home in Maida Vale

The house is currently being sold as shown in the land register.

The 57-year-old BBC religion editor has privately told his work colleagues that the Princess Diana scandal is a "sad way to retire."

A source on the BBC said: "He's obviously never going to report for us again."

Bashir is currently on sick leave after contracting the coronavirus this summer and later undergoing four-fold cardiac bypass surgery.

The BBC said it was unable to ask him questions about Diana's claims because of his poor health, but he is expected to participate in Lord Dyson's investigation.

A BBC spokesman, asked for an update on Bashir's health, said yesterday: "Martin Bashir is being signed off from work by his doctors. He is currently recovering from quadruple cardiac bypass surgery and has significant complications from leaving earlier this year Got Covid-19. "

His appearance came as Prince William welcomed the appointment of a retired top judge last night to find out the truth about his mother's Panorama interview.

He said Lord Dyson's investigation into Princess Diana was "a step in the right direction".

The former Supreme Court Justice was revealed by the BBC yesterday as the preeminent head of an investigation into allegations of forgery, fraud and cover-up relating to Martin Bashir's shovel with Diana.

Mr Bashir reportedly sold 32 lies and hideous swabs to the vulnerable princess in order to win his explosive 1995 panoramic interview in which she famously said, "There were three of us in this marriage."

His appearance came as Prince William (pictured) welcomed the appointment of a retired top judge last night to find out the truth about his mother's Panorama interview

His appearance came as Prince William (pictured) welcomed the appointment of a retired top judge last night to find out the truth about his mother's Panorama interview

The former Supreme Court Justice was revealed by the BBC yesterday as the preeminent head of an investigation into allegations of forgery, fraud and cover-up relating to Martin Bashir's shovel with Diana. Pictured: a still from the famous 1995 interview

The former Supreme Court Justice was revealed yesterday by the BBC as the preeminent head of an investigation into allegations of forgery, fraud and cover-up relating to Martin Bashir's shovel with Diana. Pictured: a still from the famous 1995 interview

William, who was 13 when the interview rocked the royal family, hailed the investigation for the time being. "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction," he said.

"It should help to find out the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions by the BBC members at the time."

A source close to the Duke of Cambridge added: "Of course, part of this is about protecting his mother's legacy, so it's a very personal matter for William.

"He's been watching closely what has happened but believes things are going in the right direction."

Prince William released a statement today. Pictured: The statement in full

Prince William released a statement today. Pictured: The statement in full

“The BBC gave him adequate information. In the end, what he wants is the same as everyone else – so that the truth comes to light and all appropriate action is taken. "

The Mail believes that William has had communication channels with the BBC for the past 14 days.

This has put pressure on the broadcaster to make sure they found a relevant number to investigate their concerns about his mother's treatment.

Diana's brother Earl Spencer, who has called for an investigation into "sheer dishonesty", told friends yesterday that he was delighted that such a senior retired judge had been appointed.

As Dys of the Rolls between 2012 and 2016, Lord Dyson (77) was the second highest judge in England and Wales.

His appointment is a huge coup for the BBC to prove that it is serious about finding out how the interview with Diana came about and whether Mr Bashir violated strict guidelines.

Lord Dyson said: “This is an important investigation that I will begin immediately. I'll make sure it's both thorough and fair. "

Earl Spencer has revealed a mind-boggling string of lies that Mr. Bashir allegedly sold to gain Diana's trust, including cruelly playing against her paranoia by pretending he had evidence that her staff spied on her against newspapers and MI5 would have.

The interview resulted in the Queen demanding that Charles and Diana get a quick divorce. The princess died in a car accident in August 1997, long after she lost her royal protection officers.

Prince William (pictured with his mother Princess Diana at Wimbledon), who was 13 when the interview shook the royal family, welcomed the investigation for the time being. "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction," he said

Prince William (pictured with his mother Princess Diana at Wimbledon), who was 13 when the interview shook the royal family, welcomed the investigation for the time being. "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction," he said

After two weeks of damned revelations in the Mail, the BBC's new director general Tim Davie promised yesterday, "The BBC is determined to find out the truth about these events and so we have commissioned an independent investigation."

His official duties include finding out what steps the BBC, and Martin Bashir in particular, took to receive the Panorama interview, including the questions posted in the Daily Mail on November 7, 2020.

The mail that day only revealed the extent of the lies Mr Bashir allegedly fed Diana when they met in 1995.

To secure his interview, he allegedly said that her bodyguard was plotting against her, her friends cheated on her, and MI6 recorded Charles and his private secretary plotting the "final".

He is alleged to have falsely claimed that Charles and the nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke were on a secret vacation together and that the heir to the throne was "in love" with them.

Mr Bashir allegedly lied that Prince Edward was being treated for AIDS and that the Queen was a "comfort eater" with "heart problems".

Earl Spencer took meticulous notes that are expected to form important evidence. At a previous meeting, Mr Bashir showed him fake bank statements which he ordered an impeccable BBC graphic designer to forge to show that Earl Spencer's security head was in the pocket of a newspaper group.

At that time, Lord Hall – who later became General Manager – was conducting what critics termed "whitewash" and exonerated the BBC.

Mr Bashir, 57, now the BBC's religious editor, has had coronavirus and heart problems.

He is believed to have indicated that he will testify to Lord Dyson.

Former Head of the Royal Guard, Dai Davies, said: “It seems obvious to me that the BBC has admitted fraud because its agent – Martin Bashir – forged bank statements to gain an advantage. It's a simple violation of the law. There is no excuse for Scotland Yard not to investigate. "

A BBC source said: "At no point has anyone allowed counterfeiting or any other criminal activity to the BBC."

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