News managers & # 39; kept Princess Diana's Panorama interview hidden from BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey because they feared his wife, Lady Susan – who was waiting for the Queen – would inform the royal family & # 39;
- The then Panorama boss Steve Hewlett and Richard Ayre, controller of the BBC editorial policy, reportedly kept the controversial interview in 1995 silent
- It is also alleged that the duo failed to inform the BBC Royal Liaison Unit about the episode
- An official investigation was set up to clear up allegations of fraud made by journalist Martin Bashir who secured the interview with Princess Diana for the Panorama program
BBC News executives hid Martin Bashir's controversial interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, from the company's chairman because they feared his wife would tell Buckingham Palace.
The BBC has asked retired Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson to investigate whether Bashir committed fraud, misconduct, or covered up boss misconduct in securing the 1995 interview
According to the Times, officials are said to have heard that Steve Hewlett, who was the head of Panorama at the time, and Richard Ayre, the BBC's editorial policy controller, decided not to notify officers or the company's governing body of the interview.
An official investigation is expected to cause news executives to fear if they tell BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey (pictured right) that he is his wife, Lady Susan Hussey, pictured as Lady-in-Waiting (left) with the Queen, then the royal would notify family about the interview
The newspaper reported that a friend of Mr Ayre's feared that BBC Chairman Marmaduke Hussey would tell his wife, Lady Susan Hussey.
Lady Hussey was a waiting lady and godmother to Prince William – who they feared would tell Buckingham Palace.
Mr Hewlett and Mr Ayre also reportedly violated the company's rules by failing to notify the royal liaison unit because it was deemed too close to the palace, according to the Times.
It's been 25 years since Bashir landed the historic interview with the princess in which she sensationally revealed that "there were three people in my marriage" – a reference to her estranged husband's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
Mr. Hewlett became one of the most famous broadcast journalists in the business before his death from cancer in 2017.
In the months following the interview, Richard Ayre was named deputy executive director of BBC News before becoming chairman of Ofcom's Broadcast Review Committee and chairman of the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee.
Five months after the 1995 interview aired, The Mail revealed on Sunday that Mr. Bashir had hired graphic designer Matt Wiessler to forge bank statements in order to convince Diana that her staff were divulging stories about her.
As a result of the allegations, the BBC launched a review of the program the following year, which was overseen in part by Tony Hall, then director of news and topical affairs, who retired as director general in August.
The official investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in securing the 1995 Princess Diana interview by Martin Bashir (pictured) is expected to result in BBC news managers hiding the BBC chairman's controversial interview on fear of it , his wife would tell Buckingham Palace
It concluded: "The BBC could independently verify whether these documents were used directly or indirectly in the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales."
After the interview was republished around the anniversary of last month, Earl Spencer requested a re-investigation of the episode and accused the corporation of "whitewashing" in its first investigation.
Earlier this month, the BBC's Panorama announced it was launching an unprecedented investigation into its own affairs to investigate the matter.
John Ware, one of the company's most respected journalists, has been hired to create a special edition of the show that will scrutinize his former colleagues and the BBC during the interview that was once hailed as the shovel of the century.
The investigation, which is likely to be very embarrassing for both the show and the BBC, could air next year, sources told The Mail on Sunday – and Mr Ware said he should "leave no stone unturned".
Mr Bashir is currently ill after contracting Covid-19 and undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery.
The reporter, who has since been photographed and has left his house for £ 2 million to buy a takeaway and visit a wine shop, is unlikely to return to the BBC.
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