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Russell Myers & Kirsten McStay

Prince William 'furious' at Diana clip in Harry & Meghan Netflix series that 'should never be aired again'

Harry & Meghan has caused a storm across the globe since the new docuseries was released by Netflix just hours ago.

Royal fans and avid spectators are on the edge of their seats at what revelations will be spilled by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their long-awaited debut on the streaming giant.

But one person who will not be so keen to take a look at the six-part show is Harry’s brother, the Prince of Wales.

It’s being reported that Prince William will be "furious" after footage from Princess Diana's Panorama interview with BBC journalist Martin Bashir was included.

He has previously shared his thoughts on the interview, blasting the "deceitful" show which first aired back in 1995, and saying it should never be aired again, writes The Mirror.

And now well placed sources are said to be saying Prince William would be"dismayed" his brother decided to go "blatantly against his wishes" by using the clip of their mother, with another source suggesting "it shows just how little regard there is from the Sussex camp".

One source said: "He (William) will be rightly furious about it. He couldn't have been clearer in the past and this is one thing he would have thought he and Harry were aligned on. Sadly once more it shows the gulf between the two brothers couldn't be wider."

Princess Diana's Panorama interview in 1995, which an enquiry has since found used lies and deceitful documents to obtain (Press Association)

Prior to the clip of the interview being shown in the documentary, Harry speaks in the multimillion pound Netflix show about the press intrusion which dogged his mum’s life.

He said: "I think she had a lived experience of how she was struggling living that life. She felt compelled to talk about it. Especially in that Panorama interview. I think we all now know that she was deceived into giving the interview. But at the same time she spoke the truth of her experience."

Prince William previously released a scathing statement following the publication of Lord Dyson’s 2021 report, which found that the BBC covered up deceit by Bashir to obtain the infamous interview.

He said: "It is my firm view that this Panorama programme holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again. It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others."

Harry and Meghan in their Netflix series (Netflix)

He added: "It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others. It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC's failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her."

The report stated Bashir was in "serious breach" of the BBC's producer guidelines when he produced fake bank statements and showed them to Diana's brother Earl Spencer, in order to gain access to Diana in 1995.

Harry also commented on the report, saying he was deeply concerned that journalistic practices like those of Bashir were "widespread today" and "bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication".

He added: "The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life."

Following the report, The BBC sent a written apology to the royal family for the circumstances surrounding the Panorama interview. In September, BBC director-general Tim Davie vowed the BBC would never air the programme again nor license it to other broadcasters.

Netflix has been contacted for comment.

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