Prince Harry and William put differences aside to help prove Princess Diana's letters were real in BBC probe

PRINCE Harry and Prince William set their differences aside to help with the probe into Princess Diana's BBC interview.

The brothers were both named in a damning report released by Lord Dyson today into "rogue reporter" Martin Bashir's 1995 scoop.

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William and Harry helped identify their late mother's handwriting in a letter she wrote giving her consent for the interview.

The note – written on Kensington Palace stationery – said: "Martin Bashir did not show me any documents, nor give me any information that I was not previously aware of.

"I consented to the interview on Panorama without any undue pressure and have no regrets concerning the matter."

Lord Dyson said in his report he is "satisfied" the note was genuine despite concerns it was a "forgery".

He added: "Harbottle & Lewis, solicitors representing the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex, have told me that the handwriting, notepaper and signature would appear to indicate that the author was Princess Diana."


The brothers both welcomed the probe into the Panorama interview after suspicions were raised over how Bashir landed the scoop.

In a break with precedent, William previously said in a statement: “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction.

"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.”

It was launched six months ago after Harry moved to the US following the Megxit fallout amid frosty relations with his brother.

But Harry is due to arrive back in the UK for the unveiling of a Diana statue on what would have been her 60th birthday.

The scathing report today found Bashir faked bank statements and used "deceitful behaviour" to trick Diana into giving the infamous interview despite the letter.

And it revealed the BBC "without justification" had "covered up" Bashir's sensational lies.

Earl Spencer told previously how Bashir used forged bank statements to convince Diana to do the interview.

He said the papers wrongly showed two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services for information on his sister.

The false documents also gave the impression associates of the royal family were selling stories to newspapers.

Diana's brother said if he hadn't seen the bank statements he would not have made the introduction and the scoop wouldn't have happened.

The tragic princess sat down with the then-unknown journalist in 1995, famously revealing: "There were three of us in this marriage".

She also admitted to her infidelity with Army captain James Hewitt, and questioned Charles’s suitability as king.

Responding to the report, Bashir said today: "This is the second time that I have willingly fully co-operated with an investigation into events more than 25 years ago.

"I apologised then, and I do so again now, over the fact that I asked for bank statements to be mocked up. It was a stupid thing to do and was an action I deeply regret.

"But I absolutely stand by the evidence I gave a quarter of a century ago, and again more recently."

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