The Royal family made news headlines recently, and it was not what fans were anticipating at all. The family will reportedly have to pick a charity organization of their choosing, that will receive over $2 million from BBC.
This huge payment will be made to the organization on behalf of the royal family, for Martin Bashir’s part in deceitfully obtaining a 1995 panorama interview with the late Princess Diana. According to Mail on Sunday, this payment is reportedly the total amount the publication made from marketing the global rights to Bashir’s interview with the Princess.
It’s still unknown if the royal family will eventually take more legal steps against Bashir and BBC in the nearest future, but the outlet reached out with a profound apology, and asked the family to choose a charity organization that will benefit from the payment.
Keep reading below for more details.
BBC Refunds Earnings From Panorama Interview
Charlotte Griffins wrote recently in her column of Mail on Sunday that the exact date for the payment has not been set, and that the royal family is yet to agree to the terms, but the only certain fact right now, is that the payment will come from BBC Studios’ trading arm– a part of the cooperation that is not included in the company’s licence fee.
Furthermore, Griffins wrote that the decision on how to use the money, or who the money will eventually go to will rest on Prince Williams, and his brother, Prince Harry. This decision is only right because they are the two surviving offsprings of the late princess.
Since the reports of the payment went viral, the royal family hasn’t given any response to BBC, and supporters are keeping their fingers crossed on this one. Princess Diana was an incredible woman who loved life, and loved helping people, fans cannot certainly wait to see which charity organization the brothers award the money to.
Earlier this year, an inquiry into the panorama interview and how it was obtained began, and it was discovered that the interviewer, Bashir did not get the rights to the interview through legal means. Rather, his actions were termed deceitful, which led to a full-blown investigation.
BBC wrote an apology to the family and Harry, asking for forgiveness for trying to cover up Bashir’s inadequacy. The inquiry which was headed by a British judge known as Lord Dyson, found out that Bashir had not only breached the BBC guidelines, he also showed fake documents to Earl Spencer in. an attempt to gain his trust and get him to make an introduction with Diana.
Furthermore, the inquiry discovered that Bashir persuaded the princess to agree to the interview, and after BBC found out what Bashir had done, the organization proceeded to cover up the act.
“This fell short of the high standards if integrity and transparency which are its (BBC’s) hallmark,” Lord Dyson noted.
Prince Harry’s Response To BBC
Following the investigation that proved that Bashir and BBC had wronged the princess, Prince William slammed the actions carried out against his mother, saying that it was hurtful to know that BBC ‘contributed to her fear, paranoia, and isolation from the final years he spent with her.’
Prince Harry on the other hand said; “… The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately claimed her life.”
Per unconfirmed reports, the idea to donate the large sum to a charity organization came from Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer. He shared that the money would be best used in a charity, and fans concur with this as the princess spent half of her life tending to charity homes and helping anyone in need.
During her time as a royal and after her divorce, she took on several charity projects, and traveled to different countries to pay homage to these projects and spend time with the less privileged. Although the money would be used for something her legacy was built on, it does not take away the fact that it came from a place of deceit.
Snippets From The Panorama Interview
The panorama interview was a huge story for BBC after the princess’ demise, as it showed her speak candidly about her struggles as a person, mother, and wife of Prince Charles.
One of the highlights of the interview includes the moment she said; “There were three of us in this marriage,” in response to Bashir’s question that her husband was having an affair with his now present wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell.
The late princess also revealed that she battled with depression after giving birth, and went ahead to note that the media portrayed her as an attention-seeker. However, she tried her best to call out for help, but her actions fell on deaf ears.
To make herself feel better, the princess said she developed the habit of eating food in large portions to feel good, only to force it out after a while. This eating disorder is known Bulimia. The princess said that she suffered from this disorder for a few years during the time her marriage started to fail.