MARTIN Bashir won’t face a police probe over claims he faked documents to secure an interview with Princess Diana.
Martin Bashir could face a police probe over his interview with Princess DianaCredit: PA:Press Association
It’s claimed that he fraudulently obtained the royal scoop in 1995Credit: PA:Press Association
The journalist was accused of ordering a graphic artist to fake two bank statements to obtain the royal scoop after Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce.
An ex-employee of Princess Diana’s brother complained to police he was named in fake documents allegedly used to gain access to her.
Alan Waller, who worked for Earl Spencer in security, wrote to the Met alleging unlawful activity last year.
The papers allegedly falsely suggested Mr Waller got money from newspapers and the security forces for snooping on Dianna.
But Scotland Yard today confirmed they will not be pursuing a criminal probe into the claims.
Commander Alex Murray said: “In recent months the Metropolitan Police Service received correspondence alleging unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995. This was carefully assessed by specialist detectives.
“They obtained legal advice from Metropolitan Police lawyers, independent counsel and from the Crown Prosecution Service.
“Following this detailed assessment and in view of the advice we received, we have determined that it is not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into these allegations. No further action will be taken.
“In this matter, as in any other, should any significant new evidence come to light we will assess it.”
Diana took part in the interview after her marriage crumbled
Ex-Paratrooper Mr Waller previously told The Daily Telegraph: “Bashir has effectively stolen my identity, stolen my banking information, and used it to frame me as the fall guy.
“I am the one person in all this who can go to the police.”
The BBC launched an independent inquiry last year to find out how Bashir – then a relatively unknown journalist – convinced Diana to speak so publicly.
Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William have welcomed the BBC probe into how Bashir landed the BBC Panorama grilling.
In a break with precedent, William previously said in a statement: “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.”
Bashir allegedly peddled 32 lies and smears to the princess to clinch his Panorama chat in 1995, in which Diana famously said: “There were three of us in this marriage”.
Bashir is also alleged to have told Diana she was being followed, that Prince Charles had been having an affair with Harry and Williams’ Nanny and that members of her team were selling stories about her to the press.
He reportedly told Diana’s brother – falsely – she was under surveillance and those close to her were plotting against her, all to make her feel increasingly paranoid.
Earl Spencer claimed Bashir used forged bank statements to convince her to do the interview.
He said the alleged false documents wrongly showed that two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services for information on his sister.
The false documents gave the impression associates of the royal family were selling stories to newspapers, which Spencer said was the reason he introduced the then-unknown journalist to his sister.
Earl Spencer said he was persuaded to introduce Bashir to his sister by the false documents