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Earlier this week, Prince William spoke publicly about the new investigation into BBC Panorama’s interview with Princess Diana, describing the investigation as a “step in the right direction”. Even today, Prince Harry has indicated that he receives “regular updates”, but that a statement “is not necessary to imagine how private he feels”.
A source close to the Duke of Sussex said today: “Harry receives regular updates and is aware of everything that is happening. You don’t need a public statement to imagine how he feels in private, people know how much his mother means to him. In the past, he has spoken boldly about the loss and grief and the enormous impact it has had on him. “
It is not known if William contacted his brother or contacted him before sharing his comments on the investigation, which were published on Wednesday night. Both Kensington Palace and a Sussex spokesman declined to comment when asked if Harry had been informed in advance of William’s decision to speak.
However, a source close to the Duke of Sussex has indicated that Harry is not happy with the stories that have surfaced today, accusing him of not standing next to his brother.
“Unfortunately, some people not only see this as a quest for truth, but also try to use it as an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between the brothers,” the source said. Although they live quite separately, before that it seemed that the princes would be publicly united in terms of something to do with their mother.
An independent investigation into the way Martin Bashir received his landmark interview with the late princess is being led by Lord Dyson and will begin immediately. Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, said Bashir had used “pure dishonesty” to gain his credibility and accused the BBC of “whitewashing” the incident in a letter seen by the Daily Mail.
A statement from Prince William on Wednesday said:
“An independent investigation is a step in the right direction. This should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and the subsequent decisions made by those at the BBC at the time. “
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