Diana’s furious brother Earl Spencer demands police action over Bashir ‘forgeries’

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Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer has demanded the police take action over forgeries allegedly used by Martin Bashir to convince the tragic Royal to take part in her infamous Panorama interview.

The Earl claims he was shown the fake bank statement by BBC reporter Bashir in 1995, and as a direct result introduced Bashir to his sister.

Although the Dyson Report of the inquiry into the tactics used to secure the famous interview showed that Bashir had seriously breached BBC rules, Earl Spencer told Good Morning Britain on Tuesday that he had tried to take things a step further by going to the police.

He said: "I have referred it to the police. The police view, I don't understand it as a layman – if you use forged documents for your own financial benefit, if I did that at the bank I'd be in prison straight away.

"The police view seems to be that I haven't suffered financially, well that was never my issue. Maybe Diana would have given an interview to one of the big American networks."

Asked by host Richard Madeley whether he thought there would be any charges brought or whether Bashir would even be questioned by police, he answered: "I don't think they are.

"It seems so straightforward to me and very unstraightforward to the police and I don't understand."

Richard and co-host Susanna Reid also asked Earl Spencer what he thought Princess Diana would have made of the recent inquiry by Lord Dyson.

He said: "I don't know, I hope she'd be pleased that the truth is there to the context, she was taken to a very dark place. Her paranoia was fed."

Earl Spencer continued: "I'd have been 100% supportive if she wanted to talk to anyone, it was absolutely her entitlement.

"But the circumstances under which she was duped into speaking that set the tone for the conversation and that's unforgivable, especially coming from the BBC, they're held to a higher standard than others, you expect them to play it straight."

Tony Hall, who was previously director general of the BBC, is due to give evidence to MPs on Tuesday on how much he knew about Bashir's actions and how he came to be appointed as the broadcaster's religious correspondent after the Panorama incident.

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