Scottish Daily Mail

Bashir ‘told Diana se­cu­rity ser­vices were plan­ning to wipe her out’

Shock new claim over in­ter­view

- By Paul Revoir and Sam Green­hill Crime · Celebrity Biographers · Celebrities · Martin · Diana, Princess of Wales · Wonder Woman · Andrew Morton · Channel 4 · Charles, Prince of Wales · Scandal · Paris · Paris Hilton · Andrew Morton

MARTIN Bashir told Princess Diana the se­cu­rity forces were plan­ning to kill her, ac­cord­ing to a new doc­u­men­tary.

Royal biog­ra­pher An­drew Mor­ton says Bashir warned her: ‘They’re go­ing to wipe you.’

Mr Mor­ton sug­gests the BBC re­porter had shown Diana a doc­u­ment – sup­pos­edly a bank state­ment linked to the se­cu­rity forces – when he made the ref­er­ence to an ap­par­ent threat to her life as part of his at­tempts to se­cure his in­fa­mous in­ter­view with the princess.

The claims will be broad­cast in a doc­u­men­tary on Chan­nel 4 on Mon­day night. Mr Mor­ton says Diana was left ‘ ter­ri­fied’ af­ter be­ing ‘fed sto­ries’ by Bashir.

The fresh al­le­ga­tions come as the BBC launches an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the 1995 Panorama in­ter­view. Bashir, now the BBC’s re­li­gion ed­i­tor, has al­ready been ac­cused of spread­ing lies about Diana’s friends and staff to win her trust, in ad­di­tion to show­ing her faked bank state­ments.

The new doc­u­men­tary in­cludes footage of BBC bosses cel­e­brat­ing the tenth an­niver­sary of the Diana in­ter­view. Among them was former di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tony Hall, the cor­po­ra­tion’s head of news in 1995, who hails the in­ter­view as ‘the scoop of the cen­tury’. Lord Hall specif­i­cally praises Bashir, say­ing the re­porter ‘works very hard at get­ting into your con­fi­dence’.

BBC doc­u­ments show it was Lord Hall who ef­fec­tively ex­on­er­ated Bashir when ev­i­dence of the faked bank state­ments ini­tially came to light.

The in­ter­nal in­quiry did, how­ever, see BBC bosses de­cree that the graphic artist com­mis­sioned by Bashir to cre­ate the fake doc­u­ments must never work for the cor­po­ra­tion again.

Mr Mor­ton, whose bi­og­ra­phy of Diana shocked the world upon its re­lease in 1992, told the team be­hind the new doc­u­men­tary that

Bashir played on the princess’s fears that her pri­vate sec­re­tary Pa­trick Jeph­son was in ca­hoots with his coun­ter­part in Prince Charles’s team, Com­man­der Richard Ay­lard. ‘They were im­pli­cated in this kind of dark con­spir­acy, to the point where Diana thought that her head was on the chop­ping block,’ Mr Mor­ton says.

‘[Bashir] was feed­ing her sto­ries which left her, and I am quot­ing from one of Diana’s con­fi­dantes here, “ter­ri­fied, hor­ri­fied”. On one oc­ca­sion, he showed her some bank state­ments al­legedly about the se­cu­rity forces and said dra­mat­i­cally, “they’re go­ing to wipe you”.’

The Diana In­ter­view: The Truth Be­hind the Scan­dal also fea­tures Mr Jeph­son re­veal­ing the per­sonal im­pact of the Panorama af­fair. ‘It up­sets me more than I can say that, quite pos­si­bly, the princess died think­ing that I had be­trayed her,’ he says. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris less than two years af­ter the in­ter­view.

A BBC spokesman said the cor­po­ra­tion was ‘de­ter­mined to get to the truth of what hap­pened’.

‘That’s why we have ap­pointed [former Mas­ter of the Rolls] Lord Dyson to lead a fully in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion,’ they said. ‘It is vi­tal that ev­ery­one with informatio­n shares that with Lord Dyson, so that he can in­ves­ti­gate thor­oughly and draw his con­clu­sions hav­ing heard all the ev­i­dence.’

‘She was hor­ri­fied’

 ??  ?? Loss: Diana died two years af­ter the in­ter­view
Loss: Diana died two years af­ter the in­ter­view
 ??  ?? Ac­cu­sa­tions: Martin Bashir
Ac­cu­sa­tions: Martin Bashir

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