By Emma Shacklock published
Prince William has recently welcomed the launch of the new inquiry into his late mother Princess Diana’s shock BBC Panorama interview.
- A royal commentator has said that Prince William's statement on the BBC Princess Diana inquiry will not be the last we hear from the brothers
- It's claimed that they will want to give a joint statement at it's conclusion.
- In other Royal News, Prince George and his siblings are missing their “great-granny” the Queen in second lockdown.
The interview, which amassed almost 23 million viewers back in 1995 is still one of the most famous interviews ever broadcast.
But after claims were made that journalist Martin Bashir secured the interview with Princess Diana with falsified information, an inquiry was launched.
Now a royal commentator has said that both of Princess Diana’s sons may speak out when “more information comes to light.”
What has Prince William said about the Princess Diana inquiry?
In a statement released by Kensington Palace, Prince William revealed he “tentatively welcomed the investigation” into how his mother’s interview was secured. He added that it was “a step in the right direction”.
Lord Dyson, one of the country's most senior retired judges and a former Supreme Court judge, has been appointed to lead the inquiry.
This news follows claims made by Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer that interviewer Martin Bashir allegedly used false bank statements to convince her to take part.
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What have royal commentators said?
On the HeirPod podcast, Omid Scobie and Maggie Rulli spoke in greater detail about this investigation. Scobie has speculated that the Duke of Cambridge’s initial statement could be the first of several comments made.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he acknowledged. He added: “I am sure this will probably not be the last we hear from William or Harry on the matter.
Whilst Prince William’s statement came swiftly after the inquiry was announced, Prince Harry has yet to speak out about the investigation.
However, Scobie believes: “as more information comes to light we may end up hearing from the Duke of Sussex."
Why didn’t Prince William and Prince Harry make a joint statement?
During the podcast, Rulli asked Scobie whether “under other circumstances”, the brothers “would have made a joint statement.”
In response, Scobie replied that he had been “trying to figure out whether there are politics behind this decision” of Prince William’s to release a statement so early. The royal commentator revealed he was “surprised” by this.
He added: “I could definitely imagine them both wanting to say something when the investigation has concluded."
According to the Express, a source close to the Duke of Sussex has rejected claims that his silence is anything to do with the supposed rift between the brothers.
They reportedly declared that unfortunately some people are “trying to use this as an opportunity to drive a wedge between the brothers”.
The source added: "You do not need a public statement to imagine how he is feeling privately. People know how much his mother means to him.”
As the investigation into the BBC’s Princess Diana interview continues, we will have to wait and see if the two Dukes speak out when further information comes to light.
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Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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