Shortly after the network announced the launch of their independent investigation, which will look into the events surrounding Princess Diana's 1995 interview, the Duke of Cambridge issued a rare statement that was recently obtained by People on Wednesday. In it, he called the investigation a "step in the right direction."
Prince William said, "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."
For those who need a refresher, Diana's infamous tell-all with Martin Bashir caused quite the stir, mainly because she spoke in detail about her troubled marriage to Prince Charles, even mentioning his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. The program wound up drawing an audience of nearly 23 million viewers in the U.K., but now, BBC is opening up an investigation because Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, claimed that Bashir created faked documents to gain access to his sister.
As a result, BBC's Director-General, Tim Davie, issued an apology and said in a statement that they are "determined to get to the truth about these events, and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation."
He continued, "Formerly Master of the Rolls and a Justice of the Supreme Court, Lord Dyson is an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process." Davie added. Lord Dyson said in a statement, "This is an important investigation which I will start straight away. I will ensure it is both thorough and fair."
Prince William was initially silent as this news came out, but then in a statement, Kensington Palace confirmed that he "tentatively welcomed the investigation."
We'll be keeping our eyes open for more updates.