Prince Harry’s ‘silence’ after Prince William backs BBC Princess Diana inquiry

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Prince Harry has been accused of "silence that speaks volumes" after brother Prince William openly backed a BBC inquiry into a famous interview with their mum Princess Diana.

The Duke of Sussex has been accused of failing to support his brother, who spoke out about Martin Bashir's Panorama interview with his mum, Princess Diana, in a statement earlier this week.

Prince William, second in line to the throne, said: "The independent investigation is a step in the right direction.

"It should help establish the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and subsequent decisions taken by those in the BBC at the time."

His public statement was praised by a former of Diana's, who said William's actions made it clear he had become "deeply involved" in the story.

His public statement was praised by a former of Diana's, who said William's actions made it clear he had become "deeply involved" in the story.

Prince Harry is yet to speak on the investigation, which royal expert Ingrid Seward claims sheds light on the brothers' current relationship.

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Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine told The Sun: “Harry’s silence speaks volumes.

“He is normally so keen on letting his opinions be known — why hasn’t he done so in this case and stood by his brother to share the responsibility.

“It is odd he hasn’t spoken out about the BBC and Bashir case as he has been speaking out a lot about other things recently.

“Harry should really man up and forget the fallout with his brother.

“They should be standing shoulder to shoulder on this one."

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Prince Harry has been extremely vocal about his mother’s death in recent years, and even referenced Diana’s relationship with the media in an interview with ITV months before he and wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duke of Sussex told ITV: “Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that is not me being paranoid. That is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.

“Part of this job … means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of this stuff.

“All we need to do is focus on being real, and focus on being the people that we are and standing up for what we believe in. I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum.”

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It comes as the Duke of Cambridge issued a statement in the wake of the review, which will see Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls, seek to discover Martin Bashir's steps to get Diana’s controversial television interview.

Diana’s friend Rosa Monckton praised William for "standing up" for his mother after he said the BBC’s investigation into Martin Bashir's Panorama interview is a "step in the right direction.”

Speaking to ITV, Ms Rosa Monckton, a close friend of Diana, said Prince William has become "deeply involved" in the story of how the interview came about and "how his mother was treated.”

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Ms Monckton also said the interview changed "the course of history" and said it was important "that we look at it 25 years on.”

She said: "Any son would want to stand up for his mother in such circumstances."

Royal biographer, Penny Junor, said: "The Panorama interview was the trigger for so much that happened and without it Diana and Charles may still be together. She very much regretted doing the interview once she realised the fallout for her sons.

"There is no doubt this was a difficult time for William. It is interesting and significant that he feels as strong as he does and I am not surprised.

"His mother was very vulnerable and manipulated. People took advantage of her and I feel he feels very protective of her."

Daily Star Online has approached Prince Harry and Prince William's representatives for comment.

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