Earl Spencer’s ex-security chief urges police to investigate BBC journalist Martin Bashir for fraud


Earl Spencer’s former security chief has reportedly complained to police over the faking of his bank statements which were used by Martin Bashir to gain an interview with Princess Diana.

Alan Waller’s lawyer is said to have written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to request an investigation into ‘very serious concerns’ over an alleged conspiracy to ‘create an instrument of fraud’. 

Anton van Dellen allegedly accused Mr Bashir, who is now the BBC’s religious affairs editor, of ‘dishonest conduct’ and claimed the BBC ‘benefited’ while knowing the reporter’s actions were ‘unlawful’, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr Bashir allegedly used the faked bank statements to clinch his infamous interview with Diana in 1995, which was broadcast on the BBC’s Panorama programme. 

Earl Spencer’s former security chief Alan Waller (pictured) has complained to police over the faking of his bank statements which were used by Martin Bashir to gain an interview with Princess Diana

Last month, Dame Cressida said the Met had not yet received a complaint to assess but had not ruled out a criminal investigation. 

Mr Waller, 57, a former British Army paratrooper and an ex-US Marine, previously said he was considering making a complaint to police.

The statements forged for Mr Bashir wrongly showed Mr Waller had been taking payments from the press in return for information about Diana. 

Mr Waller said in November that the faked bank statements had a ‘devastating effect’ on him. He described how he contemplated suicide while working outside the UK. 

Mr van Dellen’s letter, which has been seen by the Telegraph, reads: ‘In 1995, two BBC employees or agents engaged in a conspiracy to create an instrument of fraud, namely a purported copy of Mr Alan Waller’s bank statements.

‘Mr Martin Bashir agreed with a graphic artist, Matt Wiessler, to create a bank statement purporting to belong to Mr Alan Waller.

Mr Bashir allegedly used the faked bank statements to clinch his infamous interview with Diana in 1995, which was broadcast on the BBC's Panorama programme

Mr Bashir allegedly used the faked bank statements to clinch his infamous interview with Diana in 1995, which was broadcast on the BBC’s Panorama programme 

‘The fraudulent bank statement was then used to persuade Charles Spencer of Mr Bashir’s purported credentials and Mr Bashir subsequently gained an inteview with the late Princess Diana to conduct the most significant interview to date for the BBC.’

Mr van Dellen reportedly said the faked bank statements had caused ‘significant reputational and financial loss’ to his client. 

The letter added that the BBC ‘wrongfully benefited’ from Mr Bashir’s actions and claimed the corporation knew it was engaged in ‘unlawful activity’. 

A spokesman for the Met Police said: ‘We can confirm that correspondence has been received alleging unlawful activity. 

‘Any information received will be assessed accordingly. At this time, there is no police investigation.’

Graphic designer Mr Wiessler previously said he mocked up the statements in the belief they were faithful reproductions of genuine documents.

His explosive revelations triggered the scandal involving Mr Bashir.    

The BBC has appointed retired judge and former master of the rolls, Lord Dyson, to lead an inquiry into what steps the BBC and Mr Bashir took to land the interview with Diana.

Earl Spencer has alleged Mr Bashir showed him the fake financial documents and told untrue stories about the royal family to gain access to his sister.

The documents also falsely suggested that Diana’s then private secretary – Patrick Jephson – and another royal household member were being paid by the security services to spy on the Princess.

The claims fuelled her fears about her safety and privacy.

Mr Waller's lawyer, Anton van Dellen, has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to request an investigation into 'very serious concerns' over an alleged conspiracy to 'create an instrument of fraud'

Mr Waller’s lawyer, Anton van Dellen, has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to request an investigation into ‘very serious concerns’ over an alleged conspiracy to ‘create an instrument of fraud’

Former BBC director-general Lord Hall in 1996 led an internal BBC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the interview, which led news bulletins around the world and sent shockwaves through the royal family. 

The BBC previously said in a statement that Mr Bashir had admitted commissioning the bank statements.

It is understood the journalist was found to have ‘done wrong’ at the end of the process. It is not known if he faced any sanction. 

The BBC said Mr Bashir is seriously ill with Covid-19-related complications and was not in a position to respond to Earl Spencer’s allegations. 

He was however pictured near his home at the end of last year carrying a takeaway meal.  

Earl Spencer has alleged Mr Bashir showed him the fake financial documents and told untrue stories about the royal family to gain access to his sister

Earl Spencer has alleged Mr Bashir showed him the fake financial documents and told untrue stories about the royal family to gain access to his sister

A spokeswoman for the corporation previously said: ‘A lot has been written and broadcast about the Princess of Wales’s interview in recent weeks. It is important that we have a view of what happened based on the evidence of everyone involved. Clearly that has not yet been able to happen.

‘But to be absolutely clear, the BBC is determined to get to the truth of what happened. 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.’

Mr Waller could not be reached for comment but Mr van Dallen has been contacted. The BBC and the Met have been approached for comment. 

Mr van Dellen said the faked bank statements, which were allegedly commissioned by Mr Bashir (pictured) had caused 'significant reputational and financial loss' to his client

Mr van Dellen said the faked bank statements, which were allegedly commissioned by Mr Bashir (pictured) had caused ‘significant reputational and financial loss’ to his client 

Last month, it emerged the BBC’s inquiry is scrutinising a handwritten letter from Diana which apparently showered Mr Bashir with praise.

The note went missing for more than 20 years after a Panorama staff member took it home as a souvenir. It was however handed in in November. 

The BBC is now using the letter to suggest Diana never saw the faked financial documents commissioned by Mr Bashir.     

The letter on Kensington Palace stationery also purports to heap praise on the BBC’s shamed religion editor.

The contents of the letter has not been made public, but was examined by the previous 1996 internal investigation.

A spokeswoman for the corporation previously said: ‘A lot has been written and broadcast about the Princess of Wales’s interview in recent weeks. It is important that we have a view of what happened based on the evidence of everyone involved. Clearly that has not yet been able to happen.

‘But to be absolutely clear, the BBC is determined to get to the truth of what happened. 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.’

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