Prince William has ‘muzzled’ Diana with BBC interview, claims royal biographer

A royal biographer of the late Princess Diana has said that the BBC’s pledge to never show the royal's Panorama interview again has “silenced” her.

Andrew Morton claimed Diana's voice has been 'muzzled' after her son, Prince William, insisted it never again see the light of day.

Morton felt that the interview gave a clear indication of how Diana had been feeling and didn’t think it should be removed from the air permanently.

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It comes after Prince WIlliam said it "established a false narrative" and should never be shown again.

Speaking to theDaily Beast , Morton said: “It is a supreme irony that it is her son who has led the calls to posthumously muzzle Diana, to silence her, to prevent her from being heard, from saying what she spent her life trying to articulate.”

Morton felt that the interview was both "important and historic" and should not be locked away in the BBC's vault.

He added: “The methods Martin Bashir used to get Diana to sit down and talk to him were underhand and deceptive, but the truth is that once the cameras were rolling, he didn’t twist her arm to say anything, and many of the things she said, such as discussing her bulimia, her suicide attempts, her husband’s relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles and the fact that she didn’t consider him fit to be King, were not aberrations.

"She was well known for saying these things to those in her circle, to the extent that they had become a kind of schtick."

The Duke of Cambridge has publicly criticised the BBC following the report and did call for the documentary never to be aired again.

He said: “It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others.

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“This settled narrative now needs to be addressed by the BBC and anyone else who has written or intends to write about these events. In an era of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important.

“These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down too.”


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