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BBC risks further William fury after Netflix films for Diana-Bashir scene at head office


The Duke of Cambridge, 39, previously issued a scathing statement about Diana’s 1995 Panorama interview and called for the footage to never be aired again. Despite this, the latest series of the Netflix show will recreate a scene linked to the infamous interview.

Producers of The Crown, which dramatises the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times, were spotted outside New Broadcasting House.

The crew were reportedly filming a scene that portrays events following the Diana and Bashir interview in 1995.

Within the show, actor Richard Cordery, 71, plays the role of Marmaduke Hussey, the chairman of the BBC’s board of governors at the time of the interview.

Mr Cordery was spotted getting out of a car and walking into the building, and the MailOnline reports the filming consisted solely of this shot.

The outlet suggested nothing further was filmed inside the building.

The footage aims to recreate when Lord Hussey arrived amid the fall-out from the programme.

Within the Panorama interview, Diana, Princess of Wales famously said “There were three of us in this marriage”, referring to the relationship between her then-husband Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The news of the filming comes just six months after an inquiry found “clear failings” by the BBC in relation to the interview with the late Princess of Wales, watched live by more than 20 million people.

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The BBC also issued written apologies to Charles and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.

The BBC also noted it would be returning awards the interview had received, which include a TV Bafta from 1996.

The Duke of Cambridge said the interview fuelled his mother’s “paranoia”.

Within a speech following the investigation, he 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.”

In addition to calling for the footage to never be shown again, William added: “It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others.”

In recent weeks, The Crown has also recreated the moment Diana donned an off-shoulder, short tight black Versace dress for her arrival at the Serpentine Gallery in London, in 1994.

The streaming giant was spotted recreating the “revenge dress” scene at the same location inside Kensington Gardens — just 800 metres from the Duke of Cambridge’s front door.

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