Prince William was chastised for blaming the BBC for Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce while ignoring his father’s long-running affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
William, 38, told reporters on Tuesday that the British network’s 1995 “Panorama” special, in which Diana was tricked into participating, could never be broadcast again, according to an inquiry.
In a video message posted to his Twitter page, the Duke of Cambridge said, “The interview was a huge contributor to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.”
On Thursday, however, critics were swift to point out that Diana’s marriage to Charles, 72, was doomed from the start because of his relationship with Bowles, whom he finally married after his divorce from the Princess of Wales.
“No, William, your parent’s marriage was not ruined by the panorama interview. One person tweeted, Your dad screwing Camilla did.”
“William needs to be sat down and told to stop,” says another. No one has ever hurt Diana more than herself. Her in-laws, her parents, and her husband Another said, “She was both fortunate and oppressed.”
“Prince William manages to let everybody down. He threw his mother, who was already dead, under the bus. Labeling her as paranoid and other such things is just to keep the royal family safe,” a third netizen wrote.
“I’m pretty sure his father f–king Camilla split them up before this interview.”
“Don’t you dare diminish her suffering for your bulls–t,” another royal watcher wrote, pointing out that Diana had talked about Charles’ relationship with Camilla “years before that interview.”
Others agreed, claiming that Charles was the one who started the ruckus.
“After Prince Charles admitted on TV that he was cheating on Camilla, Diana did her interview with [Martin] Bashir. And that his marriage to Diana was doomed from the start. Stop deceiving the lady!” Another fan sent out a tweet.
“Our mother was an extraordinary woman who devoted her life to service,” Prince Harry said in a statement released after the investigation’s results were revealed on Thursday.
“She was tenacious, courageous, and unflinchingly frank. Her life was taken by the ripple effect of a system of exploitation and unethical practices.”
In the 1995 interview, Diana famously broke her silence on Charles’ affair with Bowles, now 73, saying, “There were three of us in this union, so it was a little crowded.”
Diana and Charles were divorced at the time, but Queen Elizabeth II demanded that they split after the sit-down.
Following that, the People’s Princess lost her Royal Highness title, as well as the protection that came with it.
Diana died in a car accident in Paris two years later, while on holiday with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. At the time, William and Harry were 15 and 12 years old, respectively.