THE graphic artist who mocked up fake bank statements for Martin Bashir has said he feels he “played a hand” in events that lead to Princess Diana’s death.
Matt Wiessler said her passing weighs on his mind and he feels he can “trace it back” to the 1995 Panorama interview.
Matt Wiessler said he felt he ‘played a hand’ in events leading to Diana’s death
The graphic artist was tasked by Bashir with mocking up bank statements that allegedly persuaded the Princess to do the interviewCredit: PA:Press Association
The Princess died in a car crash in Paris in 1997Credit: Getty Images
The heart-wrenching words came in a documentary aired tonight on Channel 4, titled: “The Diana Interview: Truth Behind the Scandal”.
Mr Wiessler, a graphic artist working on a freelance basis for the BBC who was sacked following his role in the forgeries, said: “When the whole story did play out and Diana unfortunately lost her life, I felt that I could trace it back to the interview Martin had done with her.
“And because I had played a hand in that interview, if you have a part of something that lasts out badly – then it does sit in your mind.”
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.”
‘ON MY MIND’
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.
Wiessler’s comments follow Diana’s personal secretary Patrick Jepheson’s ominous words, who also featured in the documenatry.
He said; “I think it’s easier now to see how the line from the Panorama interview leads pretty much straight to the night in Paris where Princess Diana was in the hands of people who were unable, properly, to look after her.
He is referring to the night the mum-of-two died following a collision in the French capital.
I could trace [her death] back to the interview Martin had done with her
The documentary explored how claims Bashir allegedly made to Diana left her paranoid and scared in the weeks before her death.
It is alleged Bashir ordered a graphic artist to fake two bank statements which helped trick Diana into giving him the Panorama interview.
They allegedly falsely suggested members of Diana’s team took money from newspapers and the security forces for snooping on the princess.
A raft of other “32 smears” also Bashir falsely claimed that Diana’s private correspondence was being opened, her phone tapped and her car tracked.
Mr Bashir also claimed to Diana that her bodyguard was plotting against her – and that her close friends were betraying her.
And the journalist is alleged to have told Diana that MI6 recorded Prince Charles and his private secretary planning the “end game”.
The notes even reveal that Bashir told Lady Di that Charles was “in love” with nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke – and that the pair had gone on a secret holiday together.
They said Martin Bashir – who is recovering from a covid related illness and heart surgery – will not comment publicly.
Martin Bashir has not commented publiclyCredit: PA:Press Association
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