Prince William ignores question over Martin Bashir apology during Scotland visit

Prince William chose to ignore a question about Martin Bashir’s apology over the ‘deceitful’ Diana Panorama interview during his Scotland visit.

The Duke of Cambridge was visiting the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh and was asked by a journalist if he had seen the apology made by Martin Bashir’ regarding the 1995 i nterview with his mother.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Bashir said he “never wanted to harm” Diana, Princess of Wales, with the Panorama interview, adding: “I don’t believe we did.”

He said he is “deeply sorry” to the dukes of Cambridge and Sussex.

Asked if he had read the apology, the Prince did not respond.

Prince William in Scotland walking with CEO Jonny Kinross
The Duke of Cambridge speaks with CEO Jonny Kinross (left) and Founder and Greyfriars Kirk minister, Richard Frazer (right) during a visit to the Grassmarket Community Project.

Earlier this week William said he was “most saddened” Diana never learned she had been deceived. He said his mother was failed “not just by a rogue reporter” but by BBC bosses.

He also called for the BBC’s flagship investigative programme to never air again and blasted the BBC top brass for presiding over a “cover-up”, rather than lay the blame squarely with “rogue reporter” Martin Bashir after allegations surfaced that he had used fake bank statements to falsely claim Diana’s inner circle were selling information on her to the press.

Prince Harry also said later: “Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”

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Prince William instead concentrated on his visit to the Edinburgh project which provides sanctuary and support for vulnerable people through community innovation and social enterprise – in Edinburgh.

The future king was also told about the impact of Covid-19 on the Queen’s Bay Lodge Care Home in Edinburgh, as part of a trip to Scotland.

And he even had a giggle as one of the elderly residents tried to touch his face.

Betty Magee, 96, was one of the care home residents and reached out, ignoring social distancing as the Prince had a chuckle.

He later wrote on Twitter, with a winking emoji: “Communities associated with the Church of Scotland have done an incredible job to continue to support one another during the pandemic — it was great to see some of them at work today, especially Betty.


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