A designer who claims he faked documents on behalf of Martin Bashir to secure the now notorious Princess Diana interview says he feels guilty over her death.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Matt Wiessler, who worked alongside Bashir for the 1995 chat with the Princess of Wales, was confronted by Piers Morgan about his involvement in potentially conning her into agreement.
Piers then asked if he felt the chat triggered a chain of events that eventually led to her death in Paris in August 1997.
Pausing for thought, Weissler admitted that yes, he felt there was a connection, and he was now living with the guilt of blindly agreeing to do his job.
He said: ‘In this strange kind of way, it made me feel guilty that I was so dedicated to doing a job, and that I just didn’t pick up any signals that there was anything particularly wrong, at the time.
‘Because of course, you feel that you have a hand in something that ended dreadfully.’
Weissler admits he feels like he struggles with his involvement in the interview (Picture: ITV)
‘It goes through my mind all the time,’ he said. ‘Why did I just not question? Because on the night I questioned one of the companies on the invoice, I saw a name that had been previously used on another Panorama programme, as one of the bank account names, that was one that I had to make up.
‘I questioned it with Martin, and he said “no no no that’ll do it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s right”. So, I did question along the way.
The groundbreaking interview triggered Diana’s exit from the Royal Family (Picture: pa)
‘I spent all my time questioning, but, you know, out of diligence and loyalty, I just wanted him to meet his deadline because, as far as I was concerned, he never put a foot wrong.’
The interview came after Wiessler appeared in documentary The Diana Interview: Revenge of Princess aired on ITV last night, claiming he had become the ‘fall guy’ by the BBC in the scandal surrounding the chat.
In a new statement, director-general of the BBC Tim Davie said the broadcaster was taking the allegations ‘very seriously’, adding: ‘We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.’
Bashir has not made any comment.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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