The BBC said it recalled a note Diana wrote confirming that the false bank statements were not involved in her decision to participate in the 1995 Panorama interview.
Her brother Charles Spencer claims to be a journalist Martin Bashir Use fake documents to persuade Princess of Wales That two of her senior entourage were selling information about her – and thus her best course of compensation was by speaking openly in an interview with him.
The company said that a copy of the princess’s memo was no longer in its possession and could not be submitted to the 2007 Freedom of Information request – despite its presence being documented in the records of the BBC.
Diana’s document cites fake bank statements that the company said Al-Bashir, who interviewed her, admitted the assignment while trying to reach the princess.
It is understood that the journalist “erred” in an internal investigation in 1996, but it is not known what punishment, if any, he faced.
The BBC said the memo confirms that the princess did not see the forged financial documents prior to the 1995 Panorama interview and that they played no role in her decision to speak on camera.
The fake bank statements concern a former Earl Spencer employee now, but he accused Mr. Bashir of showing other fake documents, related to members of the royal family, to express his admiration for Diana.
This development comes after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced that it would conduct an independent investigation into the allegations.
“Following the announcement of the independent investigation, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has now recovered the original handwritten note of the princess and has been referred to in our records since that time. We will transfer it to the independent investigation,” the foundation said in a statement.
“With so many comments on this note and journalists asking about it, we thought it appropriate to record that we have now recovered it.
“We will soon determine more details about the independent investigation,” he added.