Prince William was prosecuted for blaming the BBC for the divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles without acknowledging his father’s years-long affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
William, 38, told reporters Tuesday that the British broadcaster’s 1995 Panorama special, in which an investigation concluded that Diana was tricked into participating, should never be aired again.
This interview was a big contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has hurt countless people since then, the Duke of Cambridge said in a video message posted on his Twitter page.
However, critics were quick to take to Twitter on Thursday to point out that Diana’s marriage to Charles, 72, was doomed from the start due to her relationship with Bowles, whom she eventually married after divorcing the Princess of Welsh.
Not William, the panoramic interview didn’t ruin your parents ’marriage. Your father hated Camilla, one person tweeted.
Someone needs to seat William down and tell him to stop. No one hurt Diana more than his own. Her parents, her husband, her in-laws. She was both privileged and exploited, added another.
Prince William continues to disappoint. He threw his dead mother under the bus. Labeling her as paranoid, etc. All to protect [sic] the royal family, wrote a third netizen. I’m pretty sure his father, fucking Camilla, separated them long before this interview.
Another royal observer noted that Diana had spoken about Charles’s relationship with Camilla years before that interview, writing: Don’t you dare undermine her pain for your nonsense.
Others agreed, suggesting that Charles was the first to move the ship.
Diana did her interview with [Martin] bashir after Prince Charles admitted on television that he was cheating on her [sic] with Camilla. And that his marriage to Diana was hopelessly broken. Stop turning that woman on gas! another fan tweeted.
After the investigation’s findings were announced Thursday, Prince Harry also released a statement that said in part: Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to serving her. She was tough, brave, and unquestionably honest. The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices eventually took his life from her.
Diana broke her silence about Charles’s affair with Bowles, now 73, in the 1995 interview, saying, There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.
At that time, Diana and Carlos separated, but Queen Elizabeth II insisted that they finally divorce after the meeting. Subsequently, the People’s Princess lost her title to her Royal Highness and the security that accompanied it.
Two years later, in 1997, Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris while she was on vacation with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.