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Martin Bashir quits BBC amid investigation into Princess Diana interview

Martin Bashir has left the BBC amid the investigation into his Princess Diana interview.

The reporter has left on health grounds.

The BBC’s head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro told staff: ‘Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC’s religion editor and is leaving the corporation.

‘He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital for another surgical procedure on his heart.

‘Although he underwent major surgery toward the end of last year, he is facing some ongoing issues and has decided to focus on his health.

‘We wish him a complete and speedy recovery.’

Bashir is one of the BBC’s best known reporters, interviewing public figures like Michael Jackson and Diana, Princess of Wales.

He has faced scrutiny in recent months following allegations Princess Diana was lied to in order to agree to speaking to him for their tell-all interview in 1995.

It proved to be one of the biggest televised interviews of all time, with Diana confirming Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles by declaring: ‘There were three of us in the marriage.’

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, previously alleged that Diana was shown false financial documents as proof a member of staff was leaking stories to the press. 

This, as a result, is believed to have played on the princess’s paranoia in order to get her to discuss her story in her own words. 

Alan Waller, a former employee of Diana’s brother, later went to the police to make a report after being allegedly named in the documents as the ‘spy’. 

Following the allegations made against Bashir last year, former Supreme Court judge Lord Dyson was hired by the BBC to launch an independent investigation.

In an upcoming Panorama special, the team are said to be looking into how Bashir managed to convince the Princess of Wales into the discussion at Kensington Palace, amid claims that she was lied to and shown false documents.

Bashir has yet to comment on the allegations amid his health issues. However, police have confirmed they will not be looking into the interview as a criminal investigation.

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