The Loose Women host, 59, said today that she was on a flight with the royal to a charity event in Buenos Aires, just a day after the 1995 interview, and said she appeared to ‘regret’ agreeing to the programme.
She expected Diana didn’t realise how extreme the reaction to her interview would be, predicting that the royal had faced backlash from the palace before boarding the flight.
Her comments come after it emerged that former BBC journalist Bashir used ‘deceitful behaviour’ to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana, and of the 25-year cover-up that followed.
Her comments come after news that former BBC journalist Bashir used ‘deceitful behaviour’ to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana, and of the 25-year cover-up that followed.
Jane Moore claims Princess Diana was like a ‘wounded deer’ the day after her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir
‘It was me and three other journalists in first class with her and I could sense straight away she regretted it, said Jane today. ‘Because I think she didn’t anticipate the reaction it would have.
‘Obviously maybe by then, this is just guess work on my part, probably she’s had a bit of reaction from the palace as well, and she was a bit of a wounded deer on the plane.
‘She got on looking like Princess Diana, amazing. She took off all her make-up, put on a tracksuit, fell asleep with a blanket over her head.
‘Then she went back into the toilet before we landed put all the gear on and became this amazing icon everyone knew and expected her to be and I remember thinking, “That is a tough life”.’
Jane, pictured on the show, expected Diana didn’t realise how extreme the reaction to her interview would be, predicting that the royal had faced backlash from the palace before boarding the flight
Jane’s comments come days after an 127-page report released by former judge Lord Dyson revealing the lengths Bashir went to in order to secure the interview with the late royal.
The report ruled that the shamed journalist hoodwinked the princess with an elaborate fiction that painted some of those closest to her as traitors.
Key conclusions of yesterday’s bombshell report that brought shame on the BBC
The ‘rogue reporter’ commissioned fake bank statements to secure his interview with Princess Diana – but covered up his ‘deceitful behaviour’ in a ‘shocking blot’ on the BBC’s near 100-year history.
The statements wrongly suggested that Earl Spencer’s security boss was in the pay of tabloid journalists and a shadowy company linked to the security services.
His lies landed the Panorama reporter the interview of the century and multiple awards – but hastened the end of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles and saw her stripped of her HRH status just two years before her death.
Bashir maintained that despite the fake bank statements a note from Diana herself showed that she had not been affected by this in her decision to be interviewed by him – an interview of which he remained ‘immensely proud’.
The interview landed Bashir multiple awards, but hastened the end of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles and saw her stripped of her HRH status two years before her death in 1997.
Lord Dyson said Bashir was in ‘serious breach’ of the BBC’s producer guidelines and the BBC today announced it will launch a review into the effectiveness of its ‘editorial policies and governance’.
In the wake of the report, the Duke of Cambridge gave a scathing statement about the controversial interview, in which he stated: ‘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.
‘She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.’
The Duke of Sussex added: ‘Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest.
‘The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.
‘To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it.
‘That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these – and even worse- are still widespread today. Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.
‘Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.’
Speaking to yesterday’s The Sunday Times, Bashir said he ‘never wanted to harm’ Diana, Princess of Wales, with the Panorama interview, adding: ‘I don’t believe we did.’
Addressing the princesses’ sons Princes William and Harry Bashir said he is ‘deeply sorry’. He said he ‘can’t imagine what their family must feel each day, although I know a little of that myself having lost a brother and father prematurely.’