Metropolitan police will not launch a criminal investigation into the journalist 's interview then BBC Martin Bashir in 1995 with Diana, Princess of Wales, the force announced.
The decision was made after reviewing the report by Lord Dyson on the controversial documentary, which revealed that Bashir had acted "wronglycan "by ordering fake bank statements to get the interview, and who criticized the BBC's internal investigation into the case.
Scotland Yard said in March it would not launch a criminal investigation, but said it has since assessed the contents of the 127-page independent report of former Supreme Court Justice John Dyson, released two months later.
In a statement released on Wednesday, police said: “In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Department determined that it was not appropriate to initiate a criminal investigation into allegations of illegal activity in connection with a documentary released in 1995.
"Following the release of Lord Dyson's report in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and carefully examined thelaw, once again obtaining independent legal advice from the Treasury Board and consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.
"Accordingly, the MPS n '
The Dyson report revealed that Bashir had engaged in "deceptive behavior" by ordering the fake bank statement, which was a "serious violation" of the BBC's editorial guidelines. He showed the forged documents to Earl Spencer, to gain his trust and introduce Bashir to his sister, according to the By accessing Diana in this manner, Bashir was then able to persuade her to agree to give the interview.
The report also criticized the conduct of Tony Hall, the former chief executive of the company, who was accused of overseeing a flawed internal investigation and "terribly wrong.fficient "on the matter. As the director of BBC News at the time, Hall knew that Bashir had told " serious and unexplained lies "about what he did to land the exclusive interview to the world.
When other media began asking questions about how the BBC managed to persuade the princess to speak, Dyson said that the company "concealed in its newspapers " what it knew.
The report concluded: "Without justification, the BBC did not failed to uphold the high standards of integrity and transparency that are its hallmark. "
A 1995 letter from Princess Diana, published as evidence, stated that she had "no regrets " regarding the case.
Bashir 's interview for Panorama has was a huge scoop for the BBC. In it, the princess said: "There were three of us in this marriage. "
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex issued strongly worded statements after the report was released. William and Harry condemned the BBC for the treatment of their mother, claiming that the interview had fueled her "fear, paranoia and isolation" and that a "culture of exploitation and unethical practices finally took her life".
Hall later said he was "deeply sorry " for the "hurt" caused by the interview scandal, but denied that there had been a "BBC cover-up." The company has also since apologized to the whistleblower who tried to expose Bashir's methods. Graphic designer Matt Wiessler has been sidelined by the company after raising concerns that fake bank statements it was simulatingulait for Bashir had been used by the reporter to persuade Diana to do the interview.
In a statement after the report was released, Bashir said: " I reiterate that the bank statements had no bearing on Princess Diana's personal choice to participate in the interview. "