london – Princess William and Harry’s former nanny was hit hard by the BBC on Thursday over “false and malicious” claims about her, Alexandra Pettifer, then known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke, was given a public apology for “fabricated” allegations that she had an affair with the prince’s father, Prince Charles.
The High Court in London was also told that she was falsely accused of being pregnant when she was his personal assistant and to have an abortion.
Pettfer’s lawyer, Louise Prince, said the allegations caused “serious personal consequences for all concerned” and that his client did not know where they came from.
But she said it was likely that “false and malicious allegations arose as a result of and in the context of”With Diana, Princess of Wales.”
In the explosive interview, Diana detailed her troubled marriage with Charles, her affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and how she too was unfaithful.
Questions were immediately raised about how little-known interviewer Martin Bashir secured Diana’s agreement to attend the event, which sent shock waves through the royal family.
It has since emerged that he used fraud, including forged documents, alleging that some of his associates were in payment for security services.
Pettifer’s lawyer said the “completely baseless” claims about her and Charles “appeared to take advantage of some prior false speculation in the media”.
“After Diana, Princess of Wales, became aware of the allegations in late 1995, she became upset with the claimant without clear justification,” she said.
Prince said Pettyfer “holds the BBC liable for the grave effect of the false and malicious allegations” that had caused him “25 years of lies, suspicion and trouble”.
Pettifer said she was one of many people whose lives had been “scratched” by the way the program was programmed and the BBC’s failure to investigate it properly.
“Because of the crisisVery disturbing source for me,” she said.
“I know firsthand how affected they were at the time, and how the program and the false narrative it created has plagued the family over the years.”
BBC Director-General Tim Davey confirmed that the corporation would pay Pettifer “substantial damages” and promised not to rerun the programme.
He apologized to Charles, William and Harry “for the way Princess Diana was betrayed and the subsequent impact on all their lives.”
The BBC had previously awarded damages to Diana’s former colleague Patrick Jeffson and a graphic designer who whistled over the covert methods used.