Martin Bashir raking in £17k-a-time for speaker appearances after Princess Diana interview shame

SHAMED Martin Bashir is raking in a whopping £17,626-a-time speaking at luxury corporate dinners and glitzy fundraisers.

The reporter, whose lies to secure his bombshell Panorama interview with Princess Diana have now been exposed, is enjoying a lucrative second career on the public speaking circuit.

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His demands for cash to talk about his experiences with tragic Diana were revealed hours after a report found he faked bank statements to deceive the princess.

And his tainted scoop with the royal, two years before her death, has made him a millionaire.

Bashir is on the books of US-based agency Celebrity International Talent, where he commands a fee of between £10,576 and almost £18,000.

But the site says he could charge even more, with the location of the event and the length of time he will speak for a factor in the final amount.

It comes as…

  • Prince Harry slammed the 'culture of exploitation' that took his mother's life
  • Royal insiders blasted the Crown for pushing a false narrative that Diana was "unstable"
  • William's full statement can be read in full here
  • Martin Bashir was blamed for Princess Diana's death by her brother Earl Spencer
  • William and Harry put aside their differences to prove their mother's letters were real
  • Martin Bashir disguised himself as a tradesman to interview Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, Panorama reveals

In a blurb for Bashir's services, the agency says says: “Martin Bashir is an award-winning British journalist.

"He is best known for conducting a series of exclusive interviews and has made a number of critically acclaimed documentaries on subjects ranging from steroid abuse by Olympic athletes, to the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel, to physician-assisted suicide in Oregon.

“In 2003, his documentary Living with Michael Jackson featured extraordinary access to one of the biggest stars of the modern musical world.

"This was followed by Who Wants to be a Millionaire: A Major Fraud – a film about Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana, who were found guilty of cheating.

“Bashir has a won a number of other awards for his work and has collected a BAFTA award for his now-historic interview with the late Princess Diana, which remains her only television interview.”

The BBC has now handed back the BAFTA after a probe revealed the underhand methods used to secure the interview with vulnerable Diana.

In the interview, watched by 23million, the princess infamously told Bashir "there were three people in the marriage" – a reference to Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

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

But the new report reveals that not only was Diana tricked into giving the interview, top brass at the BBC then "covered up" for Bashir "without justification".

Responding to the report, Bashir said: "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."

Former BBC director-general Lord Hall investigated Mr Bashir in 1996 after questions were first raised over how he secured the interview.

He said today he accepts the original inquiry into the interview "fell well short of what was required" and he was "wrong to give Martin Bashir the benefit of the doubt".

Earl Spencer has long blamed Bashir over her tragic death on the expose saying his "vulnerable" sister was left with no protection when she was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

And William and Harry yesterday blasted the BBC after the publication of the report.

In a deeply moving statement recorded on video, William said the lies about the Royal Family “played on her fears and fuelled paranoia” – while Harry said the probe was the "first step towards justice" for their mum.

The Duke of Cambridge told of his “indescribable sadness” Diana had been tricked – and said he believes "the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said".

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