There will be no criminal investigation into Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Metropolitan Police made the announcement after reviewing Lord Dyson’s report on the 1995 documentary in which the BBC reporter conducted an in-depth interview with the royal.
Scotland Yard had previously said in March that it would not launch a criminal investigation into the interview, but added that it had since assessed the contents of the Dyson report two months later.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the force said: “In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Department determined that it was not appropriate to open a criminal investigation into allegations of illegal activity in connection with a broadcast documentary. in 1995.
“After Lord Dyson’s report was released in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and scrutinized the law, again obtaining independent legal advice from the Treasury Board and consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.
“As a result, the MPS has not identified any evidence of activity constituting a criminal offense and therefore will not take any further action.”
In his report on the episode, Dyson criticized the methods Bashir used to obtain the interview, including ordering fake bank statements, as a “serious violation” of BBC guidelines.