Devastating New evidence has left Martin Bashir questioning his claim that he never used forged bank statements to secure his interview with Princess Diana, it was claimed yesterday.
A crucial mistake in a timeline has been revealed in the investigation of the Panorama program, apparently undermining the story of the BBC’s religion editor.
A source claimed that Mr. Bashir had ‘attached himself’ to the investigation because the date he claims the statements were falsified has now been proven incorrect – by the graphic artist who actually created them.
Former Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson is investigating allegations that Mr. Bashir ordered the forgeries with a ‘dirty tricks’ ruse to conduct his historic interview in 1995.
Mr. Bashir would admit making the forgeries, but denies using them to gain Diana’s brother’s trust.
A source claimed that Mr. Bashir (correct, during the 1995 interview with Princess Diana) had “ stuck ” to the investigation because the date on which he insists the statements were falsified has now been proven incorrect – by the graphic artist who actually made them
Lord Spencer has always maintained that he didn’t introduce Mr. Bashir to his sister until after he got the bank statements.
But the senior BBC journalist is said to have insisted that they were not made until after meeting the princess.
The mystery is at the heart of the scandal. Now the Daily Mail can reveal that the investigation has provided crucial evidence that the forgeries were constructed on August 29 – two days before Lord Spencer first met Mr Bashir.
This date appears to contradict Mr. Bashir’s own alleged evidence for the investigation.
He is said to have told Lord Dyson that the forgeries were made after meeting Diana and her brother on September 19.
Unhelpful to Mr Bashir, the graphic artist he used to mock the bank statements – and who set the BBC into the trap of the scandal – has now admitted to the investigation that he accidentally entered his dates incorrectly.
Matt Weissler initially thought it was October, but it is clear that he has now told Lord Dyson that this was wrong and that it was actually ‘the last few days of August’ – before Mr. Bashir met Diana.
A source said: “It appears that Bashir stitched himself up for coming up with a version of the events for Lord Dyson that appears to be based on the October story put on record by the graphic artist years ago.
Matt Weissler (pictured) initially thought it was October, but it is clear that he has now told Lord Dyson that this was wrong and that it was actually ‘the last few days of August’.
But now the graphic guy has admitted he got the date wrong – meaning Bashir’s timeline has run out of meaning and it looks like he’s tied up in a knot. The judge has seen all this. ‘
A second source claimed that the date was now set as Tuesday, August 29, 1995.
Later that same week, on Thursday, Earl Spencer received Mr. Bashir at his home in Althorp, Northamptonshire, the first time they had met.
Diana’s brother has related how Mr. Bashir showed him bank statements showing that his own head of security was receiving payments from papers and MI5.
Lord Spencer has always maintained that he only introduced Mr. Bashir (pictured) to his sister after he got the bank statements
The journalist is said to have used the documents to gain the count’s trust and provide an introduction to Diana.
Then, during his next meeting with the princess, he allegedly had other false bank statements ‘swinging around’, supposedly showing that her own staff were also betraying her.
Yesterday, the Mail revealed astonishing claims that Mr Bashir had shown Diana fake abortion proof for royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke – a ridiculous slur.
He told the princess that Charles was ‘in love’ with William and Harry’s nanny.
Lord Dyson, a former Master of the Rolls, has been ordered by the BBC to get to the bottom of the scandal.
Leading up to the last month of his six-month investigation, he is said to have started writing his report after an interview with about 17 witnesses.
Another conundrum that Lord Dyson’s investigation is investigating is Mr. Weissler’s burglary, in which the only stolen items were computer disks containing the forged documents.
Clearly, a number of witnesses have told the former judge that they remember how shocked the printmaker was after his apartment was raided.
Last night there was no comment from Lord Dyson, Earl Spencer, Mr Weissler or Mr Bashir.