Royal Nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke to Receive Payout from BBC After Princess Diana’s ‘Deceitful’ Panorama Interview

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Royal Nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke to Receive Payout from BBC After Princess Diana's 'Deceitful' Panorama Interview

Prince
William and Prince Harry’s former nanny Tiggy
Legge-Bourke is to receive substantial damages from the BBC following Martin
Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Tiggy, now Mrs. Alexandra
Pettifer, had brought a defamation claim against the BBC over “false
and malicious” allegations that she had had an affair with Prince Charles
in 1995 while working as his personal assistant.

The court was also told on
Thursday that Tiggy was falsely accused of falling pregnant with Charles’ baby
and having an abortion.

Tiggy successfully settled her
claim and will have her legal costs also paid by the BBC, saying: “I am
disappointed that it needed legal action for the BBC to recognize the serious
harm I have been subjected to.

“Sadly, I am one of many
people whose lives have been scarred by the deceitful way in which the BBC
Panorama was made and the BBC’s subsequent failure to properly investigate
the making of the programme.

Tiggy pictured with Harry and William in Balmoral in 1994

Tiggy pictured with Harry and William in Balmoral in 1994

“The distress caused to
the royal family is a source of great upset to me. I know first-hand how
much they were affected at the time, and how the programme and the false
narrative it created have haunted the family in the years since.

“Especially because,
still today, so much about the making of the programme is yet to be adequately
explained.”

In a statement, BBC
director-general Tim Davie also said: “Following publication of the Dyson
Report last year we have been working with those who suffered as a result
of the deceitful tactics used by the BBC in pursuit of its interview with
Diana, Princess of Wales for the Panorama programme in 1995, including the
matters that were mentioned in court today in respect of Miss Tiggy
Legge-Bourke, now Mrs. Alexandra Pettifer.”

Confirming that the BBC has
agreed to pay substantial damages to Tiggy, he added: “I would like to
take this opportunity to apologize publicly to her, to the Prince of Wales, and
to the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, for the way in which Princess Diana was
deceived and the subsequent impact on all their lives.

“It is a matter of great
regret that the BBC did not get to the facts in the immediate aftermath of the
programme when there were warning signs that the interview might have been
obtained improperly. Instead, as the Duke of Cambridge himself put it, the BBC
failed to ask the tough questions.

“Had we done our job
properly Princess Diana would have known the truth during her lifetime. We let
her, the royal family and our audiences down.”

Martin Bashir and the BBC came under fire for their 1995 Panorama interview

Martin Bashir and the BBC came under fire for their 1995 Panorama interview

He concluded by announcing
that the BBC will never show the Panorama programme again nor will they license
it in whole or part to other broadcasters, but did caveat: “There may be
occasions in the future when it will be justified for the BBC to use short
extracts for journalistic purposes, but these will be few and far between and
will need to be agreed at executive committee level and set in the full context
of what we now know about the way the interview was obtained.

“I would urge others to
exercise similar restraint.”

 

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