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Martin Bashir leaves the BBC in the middle of the investigation into Princess Diana’s interview

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Martin Bashir in 2019, photographed during his time at X Factor Celebrity

Munro’s message ended: “Although he underwent major surgery late last year, he faces some ongoing problems and has decided to focus on his health.

“We wish you a complete and speedy recovery.”

Bashir began working as a journalist in 1986 and reached headlines around the world in 1995 for his interview with Diana for Panorama.

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, is supposed to have shown him Bashir fake financial documents and told fake stories about the royal family to access his late sister.

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Martin Bashir interviewing Princess Diana in 1995

The BBC has appointed Lord Dyson, a retired judge and former master of records, to lead an investigation to find out what steps the BBC and Mr Bashir took to get the interview.

Former BBC Director-General Lord Hall led a 1996 internal BBC investigation into the circumstances of Diana’s appearance, which sent waves of shock to the royal family with their revelations about the state of the their marriage.

The BBC has previously said in a statement that during an investigation by the internal corporation in 1996, Bashir admitted to the commission of simulated bank documents.

They had been shown to Earl Spencer, but he said they had played no part in securing the princess’s appearance in Panorama.

In March, Scotland Yard said it would not initiate a criminal investigation into the interview after a former Earl Spencer employee made a formal complaint to the force.

A legal representative of Alan Waller, who used to work for Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, as head of security, had written to the Met denouncing illegal activity.

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