Jephson, who is an ongoing historical consultant for Netflix's The Crown, said he believes that without Bashir, the Panorama interview and the BBC cover-up, Princess Diana would still be alive today.
"I do think the Panorama interview made the tragedy of her death more likely," Jephson told my cohost, Rachel Bowie, and I on the latest episode of the podcast. "You can't, even with hindsight, say with 100 percent certainty that 'this would've happened' or 'that would've happened.' But as I see it, the interview and the way it was obtained was the final straw that destroyed Diana's relationship with the royal establishment—specifically with the Queen and senior members of the family."
From that point, the Queen instructed Diana and Charles to finalize their divorce, leaving Diana "very much on her own," Jephson said.
"Very simply, you have to ask why [Diana] was in Paris with Dodi Fayed in the back of the car that night. And the line from Panorama to putting her safety in the hands of people who weren't competent to look after her... I think you can definitely make that connection. Had she remained with palace support, had she made better decisions—but the situation she was in [that night] was created by Panorama," Jephson said.