Prince William levelled unprecedented criticism at the public service broadcaster, saying he feels “indescribable sadness” to know the “BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation”.
In a separate statement, Prince Harry hit out at the “ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices (which) ultimately took her life.”
The Metropolitan Police said they would “assess the contents” of Lord Dyson’s investigation to ensure there is no “significant new evidence” to support a criminal investigation.
As criticism rolled in, calls grew louder for the TV licence fee to be abolished and Express.co.uk conducted an exclusive poll to gauge readers’ feelings on the topic.
Only 25 respondents (less than 1 percent) said they didn’t know.
In comments, many readers were outspoken about their strong feelings on the controversial licence fee policy.
Many people said they could think of other reasons why the broadcaster should stop charging Britons to watch the box but the Bashir scandal was too much to stomach.
They said: “You don’t need a licence to watch TV. Resist this nonsense and do not give the BBC a single penny of your money.”
However, despite the vast majority of readers polled backing calls for the licence fee to be scrapped, others were more sympathetic to the BBC.
One reader argued that the entire corporation should not be punished for the actions of one of its journalists.
Mr Bashir quit his job at the Beeb earlier this month on health grounds.
“When I was in the Armed Forces I used to get very fed up when people said, ‘The Army’ has done this terrible thing to me.
“It wasn’t the Army, it was some bloke in a position of power that needed to be held to account. This falls into the same category.
“Don’t hit out at the organisation, find the individuals that are doing wrong.”
The internal probe cleared Mr Bashir, Panorama and BBC News of wrongdoing.
Former BBC executive Tim Suter, who was part of the investigation, stepped down from his role with Ofcom, the broadcast regulator announced on Friday.
The BBC and Mr Bashir have both apologised for their conduct, and the corporation has written apology letters to Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer.
The poll ran from 10.52am until 4.52pm on Friday May 21.
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