His 1995 interview with Princess Diana had made BBC journalist Martin Bashir famous
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The journalist, who among other things made a name for himself through a sensational interview with Princess Diana in 1995, is leaving the BBC.
Martin Bashir is leaving for health reasons.
The station announced on Friday.
Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, had repeatedly accused the BBC journalist Martin Bashir of having obtained the interview with his sister at the time using unfair methods - such as falsified bank statements.
The BBC apologized for the false documents but assured them that they did not play a role in Diana’s decision to give the interview.
In March of this year, the BBC finally announced that it would investigate the allegations in an internal investigation.
So far there have been no criminal investigations.
The exclusive talk broadcast in prime-time in the British investigative program BBC Panorama attracted around 23 million people in front of the screens in November 1995.
Diana, who was already separated from Prince Charles but not yet divorced, described how she was first left alone by the royal family in constant media observation and then after the separation felt downright sabotaged and deliberately damaged in her reputation - also out of envy of her great popularity.
Controversial journalist: Martin Bashir
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And she disclosed her husband's affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit tight," Diana said in front of the camera.
Shortly thereafter, Charles filed for divorce.
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