KEY POINTS

  • BBC announced Wednesday that it is launching an investigation into Princess Diana's 1995 interview
  • Prince William dubbed the move as a “step in the right direction’ 
  • BBC's Martin Bashir, who conducted the interview, has been accused of unethical practices

Prince William has broken his silence on the BBC’s investigation into the late Princess Diana's controversial “Panorama” interview in 1995.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace and obtained by E! News, the Duke of Cambridge addressed the independent inquiry, calling it “a step in the right direction.” Prince William is reportedly “tentatively welcoming” the investigation.

“It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time,” Prince William said in the statement.

When Princess Diana's explosive interview came out, Prince William was only 13. Accusations have since surfaced that BBC's Martin Bashir resorted to unethical means to secure an interview with the People’s Princess.

The BBC announced Wednesday that it tapped former British Supreme Court Judge John Dyson to lead the investigation into the allegations surrounding Princess Diana’s decades-old interview, where she famously revealed shocking details about her life as a member of the royal family. 

In the interview, the late Princess of Wales referred to Camila Parker-Bowles as the “third person” in her relationship with Prince Charles. Princess Diana also revealed that she had an affair with James Hewitt, who was heavily rumored to be the father of Prince Harry but had denied the speculations.

"The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation," said Tim Davie, BBC director-general, adding that Dyson “is an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process."

“This is an important investigation which I will start straight away. I will ensure it is both thorough and fair," the former judge said.

In October, The Sunday Times reported that Bashir allegedly faked bank documents in order to coerce Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, into convincing his sister to give an interview. These bank statements were allegedly used as proof that someone was leaking information about their family in exchange for money.

“[The BBC] have yet to apologize for what truly matters here: the incredibly serious falsification of bank statements suggesting that Diana’s closest confidants were spying on her for her enemies," Princess Diana’s brother said earlier this month.

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