Princess Diana was told ‘security forces would kill her’ before BBC interview

Martin Bashir "told Princess Diana the security services were trying to kill her" as he tried to secure his infamous Panorama interview, it has been claimed.

Royal biographer Andrew Morton says Bashir warned her: "They're going to wipe you."

Mr Morton suggests the BBC reporter had shown Diana a document – supposedly a bank statement linked to the security forces – when he made the reference to an apparent threat to her life.

His claims will be broadcast in a new Channel 4 documentary on Monday night, The Daily Mail reports.

Mr Morton says Diana was left "terrified" after being fed stories by Bashir.

The BBC has launched an independent inquiry into the bombshell 1995 interview and how it was obtained by Bashir.

It is claimed the journalist showed fake bank statements to Diana's brother Earl Spencer to gain the interview.

Bashir, now the BBC's religion editor, has already been accused of spreading lies about Diana's friends and staff to win her trust.

The new documentary includes footage of BBC bosses celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Diana interview.

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Among them was former director-general Tony Hall, the corporation's head of news in 1995, who hailed the interview. He specifically praises Bashir, saying the reporter "works very hard at getting into your confidence".

Mr Morton told the documentary that Bashir played on the princess's fears that her private secretary Patrick Jephson was in league with his counterpart on Prince Charles's team, Commander Richard Ayland.

The royal expert said: "They were implicated in this kind of dark conspiracy, to the point where Diana thought that her head was on the chopping block.

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"(Bashir) was feeding her stories which left her, and I am quoting one of Diana's confidantes here, 'terrified, horrified'.

"On one occasion, he showed her some bank statements allegedly about the security forces and said dramatically: 'They're going to wipe you'."

The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal also features her private secretary Mr Jephson revealing the personal impact the Panorama documentary had on him.

He fears Diana, who was killed in a car crash less than two years after the interview, died thinking he had betrayed her.

A BBC spokesman said the corporation was "determined to get to the truth of what happened".

They said: "That's why we have appointed Lord Dyson to lead a fully independent investigation.

"It is vital that everyone with information shares that with Lord Dyson, so that he can investigate thoroughly and draw his conclusions having heard all the evidence."

The Daily Star has approached Bashir's representative for comment.

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