The Queen, 94, is likely to have another “bad year” claimed royal commentator Phil Dampier who listed the royal news stories that will continue in 2021. Discussing the unauthorised biography on Harry and the Meghan, Finding Freedom, Mr Dampier noted Meghan Markle’s admission that she passed on information. The Duchess of Sussex allowed an unnamed individual to speak to the authors of a biography of the Sussexes to prevent “further misinformation” being spread about her relationship with her estranged father, according to a new court document.
Speaking to LBC, Mr Dampier said: “I don’t think any of us are particularly pleased that they’re behind this book.
“For months they’ve been denying it and now in court documents, they’ve admitted that they did feed some information to the two authors of this book.
“Of course this is going to rumble on to next year.
“Next year we’re going to get this Bashir report, we’re going to get the court case involving Harry and Meghan and we’re going to probably have a trial with Ghislaine Maxwell and the court case involving Jeffrey Epstein.
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“It’s been a bad year for the Queen and it’s probably going to be another bad year next year.
“It’s going to rumble on and the only good news will be she will reach 95 and Philip will be 100.”
His comments come as Prince William has tentatively welcomed an investigation into the BBC’s Panorama interview with his mother, saying it “should help establish the truth behind the actions” that led to the programme.
The Duke of Cambridge said the independent probe into Martin Bashir’s controversial television appearance with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995 was a “step in the right direction”.
The result was the explosive interview 25 years ago in which Diana famously said: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
The BBC has claimed Diana had written a note saying she did not see the false bank statements and that they played no part in her decision to give the interview.
The investigation will consider if the steps taken by the BBC and Bashir were appropriate and to what extent those actions influenced Diana’s decision to give an interview.
It will also investigate what knowledge the BBC had in 1995 and 1996 of “mocked up bank statements purporting to show payments to a former employee of Earl Spencer (and) the purported payments to members of the Royal Households”, the corporation said.
The graphic designer who mocked up the documents allegedly used to secure the interview has said he was made “the fall guy” by the BBC, and called on the broadcaster to apologise.