BBC pays 'substantial sum' in damages to Princess Diana's secretary over Bashir interview


The BBC reached a “settlement” with Patrick Jephson, who was the private secretary to the late Princess of Wales at the time.

The public broadcaster apologised “unreservedly” to Commander Jephson following the publication of the Dyson Report.

Lord Dyson’s damning report into British journalist Martin Bashir’s conduct in gaining an interview with Princess Diana was published in May 2021.

A BBC statement said: “The BBC and Commander Patrick Jephson have reached a settlement following publication of the Dyson Report.

“Commander Jephson was the Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales.

“The BBC accepts and acknowledges that serious harm was caused to Commander Jephson as a result of the circumstances in which the 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales was obtained, which have become apparent as a result of the Dyson Report.

“The BBC apologises unreservedly to Commander Jephson for the harm caused to him and has paid his legal costs.

“The BBC has also paid Commander Jephson a substantial sum in damages, which he intends to donate in full to British charities nominated by him.”

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