Charles Spencer ‘fully supported’ Diana’s right to talk but says Panorama ‘deceived’ her

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Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer has revealed that he 'fully supported' his sister giving an interview back in 1995, but says Panorama 'deceived' her.

The Earl Spencer appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Thursday morning to discuss his book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream.

However, after speaking about the book, Lorraine was keen to steer the conversation towards his late sister and the royals.

Referring to the recent investigation into Martin Bashir 's 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana, Lorraine described it as a 'scandal' and said the Princess 'was so vulnerable at that time'.

The Earl Spencer appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Thursday morning to discuss his book The White Ship
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"One of the most revealing things that happened after Panorama were found guilty of that scandal, I got a lot of letters from the public all very supportive and all very sad actually that this had happened," Charles explained.

"But one was from this very interesting man, I've never met him, and he wrote to me and he said, 'In the autumn of 1995 I was the father at a sports match in which Harry was playing' and he said, 'I met your sister and I thought she is just the most special person I've ever met'.

Lorraine Kelly was keen to mention the late Princess Diana and her Panorama interview
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"And then he said, 'after that she gave her interview' and he had a very different opinion of her," Charles continued.

"By the way I think it’s fine for her to give an interview if she wanted to, but it’s just the way she was tricked into it… and then he said in his letter to me last week, 'I now realise the circumstances behind that and now I realise she was that very special woman'.

Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC which was broadcast in November 1995
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"So I thought that vindicated everything, people got the context of what it was all about. She was tricked into a particular sort of interview and, of course, that really set the tone for a lot of what she said," Charles added.

"Of course she had the right to speak and I fully supported that, but not having been deceived into it."

Princess Diana's astonishingly candid interview with Martin Bashir on Panorama shattered her relationship with the Royal Family
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A report by Lord Dyson, the former master of the rolls and head of civil justice, was released last month and found that Martin Bashir deceived Earl Spencer in order to secure the explosive sit-down chat.

In his conclusion, Lord Dyson wrote: "Without justification, the BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark by covering up in its press logs such facts as it had been able to establish about how Mr Bashir secured the interview and failing to mention Mr Bashir’s activities or the BBC investigations of them on any news programme."

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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