Harry and William could stop ‘feuding’ and unite for Diana after blasting Bashir

Princes Harry and William's shared anger towards Martin Bashir could bring them closer together – and may even encourage them to join forces to unveil Princess Diana's statue, it has been claimed.

The brothers have been embroiled in a widely-publicised feud after the Duke of Sussex, 36, quit royal life with wife Meghan Markle last year.

The couple, who married in 2018, have since moved to the US and criticised their treatment by the Royal Family in several high-profile TV interviews.

But royal commentator Richard Jobson believes Harry and William, 38, could come together after both blasted BBC reporter Bashir's Panorama interview with their mum in 1995.

The pair condemned the "lurid and false claims" the journalist used to trick Diana into agreeing to take part in the interview — and the BBC cover-up that followed — in the wake of Lord Dyson's scathing report.

The Duke of Cambridge revealed how Bashir "played on her fears and fuelled paranoia" about the Royal Family, with Harry saying the investigation was the "first step towards justice" for their late mum.

Now Jobson believes their collective rage over the incident and an expected reunion to unveil a statue in their mum's honour in July could help them heal their rift.

"This may – their indignation at the BBC – may bring them all together, because frankly the feuding, blaming, finger pointing has to stop at some stage," Jobson told the ABC's HeirPod podcast.

"I'd hope that any sons, whoever they are, royal or not, could have decency to come together to pay tribute to their mother who they lost at a very early age, and pay their respects thoughtfully and with honour.

"I think to continue this feuding is both pointless and upsetting for everybody, I don't think doing our Royal Family any good in its brand abroad, and at some stage they have got to sit down and talk, so why not sit down and talk after the unveiling of statue of someone who did so much good for so many people around the world?"

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  • In an emotive public address, William declared the BBC had “not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down”.

    “The findings are extremely concerning. It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said," he said.

    "The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse. And has since hurt countless others.

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    “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

    “But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.

    "She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.”

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    Harry, meanwhile, hailed Diana's "unquestionable honesty".

    He said: "Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest."

    The Duke added: "That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these – and even worse- are still widespread today.

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    "Then, and now, it's bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

    "Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life.

    "Let's remember who she was and what she stood for."

    Despite their animosity, the brothers are understood to have been working on plans to unveil a statue in their mum's honour for some time.

    The monument is expected to be revealed on July 1 – what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday.

    Harry and William have previously blamed media intrusion for her death following a car crash in Paris in 1997.

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