Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana will not be investigated (Picture: Getty)
An official inquiry in May concluded that the journalist commissioned fake bank statements and used used ‘deceitful behaviour’ in a ‘serious breach’ of the BBC’s producer guidelines to secure his bombshell interview with the royal.
In the inquiry, he was criticised by Lord Dyson, who was appointed to look into the circumstances surrounding the infamous chat.
However, Scotland Yard has now confirmed there will not be a police investigation into the interview, after assessing his report.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: ‘In March, 2021, the Metropolitan Police Service determined it was not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995.
‘Following the publication of Lord Dyson’s report in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and looked carefully at the law – once again obtaining independent legal advice from Treasury Counsel as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.
‘As a result, the MPS has not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action.’
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