‘Still more to come out’ about Martin Bashir Princess Diana interview scandal, warns Earl Spencer

Earl Spencer has accused BBC employees of behaving in a “truly abysmal and possibly criminal" manner over the Martin Bashir scandal, as he warned there was “still more to come out”.

He said there remains "a long way to go" with the investigation into the events surrounding Mr Bashir’s Panorama interview of his sister, Diana, Princess of Wales, and did not rule out legal action.

An independent report by Lord Dyson concluded that Mr Bashir had deployed "deceitful behaviour" to secure the explosive 1995 interview – and that the BBC had covered it up in a “woefully ineffective” internal investigation led by Lord Hall, who went on to become director-general.

Earl Spencer said there remains "a long way to go" with the investigation into the events surrounding the programme and did not rule out legal action.

He said: "Lord Dyson did a very good job. His brief was tiny. It was to look at a very specific area and there is still so much more to look at in the broader terms of who was responsible for what.

"How did it come to this? Did documents get hidden from view? All sorts of really important stuff which is yet to come out.

"So I see the Lord Dyson report as a very welcome development but there is still a long way to go with this."

‘It is not going to end now’

Earl Spencer told BBC Breakfast it was clear to him that "there are certain people who were in the BBC who have behaved in a way that is truly abysmal and possibly criminal".

Asked how far he would take his investigation, he said: "That is the question and I have got people looking at that, and we will see.

"It is not going to end now. I am not saying that as some ugly threat. It just can’t stop now as there is still more to come out."

On the potential for a private prosecution, he added: "Everything is possible at this stage. I just wouldn’t want to box myself into a corner here."

A BBC spokesman said: "Today’s BBC has aimed to be as open and transparent as possible about the events of 25 years ago. 

“We held an independent, judge-led investigation which was concluded within six months and, separately, BBC News commissioned an edition of Panorama in which journalists robustly investigated their own employer.

"While the BBC cannot turn back the clock after a quarter of a century, we made a full and unconditional apology the day Lord Dyson’s report was published."

‘Thank you but no thank you’ to The Crown

Meanwhile, Earl Spencer revealed that he rejected The Crown’s request to film at his family home of Althorp.

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in the fourth series of The Crown on Netflix. Earl Spencer said he turned down a request to film the drama at Althorp

Credit: Des Willie

He said: "They applied. They wanted to shoot here. But I don’t really do that stuff.

"Actually, to be honest, I don’t watch The Crown so I just said: ‘Thank you but no thank you."’

The forthcoming fifth series of the royal Netflix drama stars Elizabeth Debicki as the late Princess.

It will reportedly dramatise her interview with Mr Bashir, as well as other key events in her later life.

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