THE BBC should face a police probe after fake bank statements were allegedly used to land an interview with Princess Diana, a top cop says.
Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer this month claimed journalist Martin Bashir spun a web of lies in a bid to get his sister on camera as her marriage to Prince Charles crumbled.
Earl Spencer also alleges the broadcaster used falsified bank statements to secure the bombshell interview which rocked the foundations of the palace.
Graphic designer Matt Wiessler, who was sacked by the BBC for unwittingly mocking up the documents, has backed calls for a full police probe.
And Peter Bleksley, a founding member of Scotland Yard’s undercover unit, says there are grounds for a criminal investigation.
He told the Mirror: “The police will have to interview the graphic designer and anyone at the BBC who had knowledge of this and what these documents were being produced for.
"They have to establish criminal intent.
"Was there an intention to trick someone or persuade someone to do something because of these documents."
Mr Bleksley says that there would have to be "some kind of financial advantage proven" for creating the bogus bank statements.
But while 23 million people watched the Panorama interview making Bashir a household name, designer Wiessler's reputation was left in tatters.
He claims he was never told what the bogus bank docs were being used for, and assumed they were a prop for filming.
When asked if he would support a police probe, he said: "Yeah. If Martin went off and used it as a document to dupe people.
“I copied documents Martin said existed. He couldn’t show them to me on the night. That responsibility is his.
"That should all be put to him.”
Mr Wiessler says the incident "changed my life a lot" and led to him being called a "forger."
He added: "Forgers are criminal. The impact is that everybody you know, it’s sort of somewhere in their mind."
The bank statements are alleged to have featured transactions which appeared to show that associates of the royals were leaking stories about the princess.
Earl Spencer says the fake docs were the reason he introduced Bashir to Diana.
The BBC says it has recovered a handwritten note from Diana saying that she was happy with how the interview was obtained.
But Dai Davies, head of royal protection in the 1990s, says the case should be "handled by the police, not the BBC press office."
He adds: "If this was any other organisation, they would be getting a knock on the door from police.”
The director general of the Beeb at the time was Lord Tony Hall, who cleared Bashir of wrong doing in 1995 over the alleged forging of the docs.
BBC boss Tim Davie said: “The BBC is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth.
"We are in the process of commissioning a robust, independent investigation.”
Bashir is currently recovering from a quadruple heart bypass and Covid-19 and has not commented on the scandal.
In the interview, Diana discussed Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, her eating disorder and the future of the monarchy.
The programme resulted in the Queen ordering the Prince and Princess of Wales to divorce meaning Diana was stripped of her royal security team.
Two years later, the 36-year-old was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris while being driven by drunk security guard Henri Paul.
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