Police announced on Wednesday that they would not launch a criminal investigation into the interview by BBC journalist Martin Bashir in 1995 with Princess Diana .
Metropolitan Police confirmed the news after authorities reviewed Lord Dyson's report in the documentary of 1995 which featured Bashir's meeting with the late British royal.
"In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) determined that it was not appropriate to open a criminal investigation into allegations of illegal activity in connection with a documentary released in 1995, "the statement begins.
" Following the release of Lord Dyson's report in May, detectives experts have assessed its content and carefully reviewed the law - again getting adviceindependent legal officers of the Treasury Board and consult the Crown Prosecution Service.
"As a result, the MPS has not identified any evidence of activity constituting a criminal offense and therefore will not proceed. further action, "concludes the statement.
MARTIN BASHIR 'DEEPLY SORRY ' ABOUT PRINCESS DIANA BBC INTERVIEW, BUT REFUSES DIRECT HARM
Police have previously said they have no plans to launch a criminal investigation into the interview, but have confirmed they are reviewing Lord Dyson's report after it is released. .
In May, Bashir said he was "deeply sorry " over the bomb report that he used "deceptive behavior " to get an interview with the BBC in 1995with Diana. However, he denies that the interview is responsible for any prejudice towards the deceased royal .
Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana at Kensington Palace for Panorama TV show in 1995. ((Photo by © Pool Photograph / Corbis / Corbis via Images))
"I never meant to hurt Diana in any way and I don't think we did ", the reporter told Sunday Times . "Everything we did in terms of the interview was what she wanted, from the moment she wanted to alert the palace until the moment it aired, to its content ... My family and I loved him. "
The report concluded that Bashir " ordered fake bank statements "which allowed him to gain access to Diana by cheating on his brother, Charles Spencer , to set up a meeting where Diana was then persuaded to participate in the 1995 interview .
MARTIN BASHIR USED " MISLEADING BEHAVIOR "TO SECURE THE INTERVIEW OF PRINCESS DIANA, SAYS THE REPORT
"This behavior was a serious violation of the 1993 edition of the BBC's Producer Guidelines on Fair Trading, " ", adformer High Court Judge Lord Dyson said.
Bash He admitted showing Spencer the forged documents, for which he said he was "deeply sorry", but the claims had "no bearing" on Diana or the interview.
In May, Martin Bashir said he was "deeply sorry " following the explosive report that he used "deceptive behavior " to get Diana's interview. He resignedborn from his post at the BBC. ((Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images / PA Images via Images))
Diana said during the interview that we were "three in this marriage, so it was a bit overcrowded ". Following the revelations, Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement recommending that Diana and Prince Charles apply for the porce. The marriage officially ended on August 28, 1996. On August 31, 1997, Diana died in a car accident in Paris while being chased by the paparazzi.
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Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry, have both suggested that Bashir's interview directly contributed to the Princess of Wales 'untimely death.
"The interview was a major contribution to the aggravation ofe relationship with my parents and has since injured countless others, "Prince William said in a video statement. fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from the last few years with her. But what saddens me most is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known she had been cheated.
Diana, Princess of Wales, died in August 1997 from injuries in a car accident in Paris. ((Photo by Terry Fincher / Princess Diana Archive / Images))
Prince Harry echoed his brother's comments in a separate statement , noting that the ripple effect of unethical exploitation and practices ultimately claimed his life. "
" Our mother lost her life because of it, and nothing has changed, "Harry added. "By protecting her heritage, we are protecting everyone and respecting the dignity with which she lived her life. Let us remember who she was and what she stood for.
So that Bashir told The Times that he "can't imagine what their family must be feeling every day," he dismissed the Duke of Cambridge's claim that the way the interviewwas obtained fueled isolation and paranoia of Diana.
"Even in the early 1990s, there were stories and secretly recorded phone calls, " Bashir said. . "I wasn 't the source of all this.
Bashir added that he was a young man when the interview took place, and has been hoping that since 'he joined the BBC in 2016, he has "demonstrated higher levels of probity and integrity.
Bashir a since his resignation from his role as editor of BBC on religion and issued a statement apologizing for his conduct. The BBC's news and current affairs director at the time, Tony Hall, also stepped down following the investigation.
Fox News 'Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.