Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer ‘looking forward’ to meeting baby Lilibet

Princess Diana’s brother has said he is genuinely looking forward to meeting baby Lilibet.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Earl Spencer said all his great-nephews and great-nieces are a joy for him and he cannot wait to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter.

He said: “I am of an age where I now have 10 great-nephews and great-nieces, but everyone genuinely is a joy.

“So I genuinely can say yes, I very much look forward to that.”

Earl Spencer was also asked whether Meghan Markle will attend the unveiling of Diana’s statue on July 1, after reports emerged saying Prince Harry will travel to the UK without his wife.

Earl Spencer said he is looking forward to meeting baby Lilibet

Harry’s uncle said he didn’t want to be involved in the discussion and did not confirm whether the reports are correct.

During his LBC interview, Diana’s brother also spoke about his history books, saying how he brings old periods back to life through his words.

He paid tribute to one of his history teachers when he was a child, saying he was “bizarre” but also “someone who connected” with others.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
During the interview, Earl Spencer did not confirm whether Meghan will travel to the UK with Harry for Diana’s statue unveiling

Earl Spencer also opened up about the Martin Bashir case, having previously criticised the journalist’s 1995 interview with his sister Diana, Princess of Wales.

He said: “Bashir is Bashir and there we are, but I do think the BBC had an enormous amount to answer for.”

He added that in 2000, the journalist was working for ITV and got into trouble reporting on the Harold Shipman case.

Earl Spencer
Diana’s brother said the BBC have a lot to answer for

Bashir was accused of falsely claiming to relatives of Shipman’s victims that the BBC planned to sabotage the serial killer’s prosecution by broadcasting an investigation before his trial.

Earl Spencer said: “It’s very hard to see how that man is then put forward as religious correspondent a few years later.

“Why would you choose someone who you know has caused so much trouble?

“So, this isn’t a crusade of mine […] I just find it unbelievable.”

Last month, Earl Spencer said his late sister lost trust in “key people” following the Bashir interview, and he went on to suggest this lack of trust left her with “no real protection”.

Princess Diana
Earl Spencer said Diana had no protection after the 1995 interview with Bashir

Speaking to BBC’s Panorama 25 years on, he also said: “Well the irony is that I met Martin Bashir on August 31, 1995, because exactly two years later she died.

“And I do draw a line between the two events.

“It is quite clear from the introduction that I sat in on the 19th September 1995, everyone was going to be made untrustworthy, and I think Diana did lose trust in really key people.

“This is a young girl in her mid-30s, who has lived this extraordinarily turbulent and difficult time in the public eye.

“She didn’t know who to trust and in the end, when she died two years later, she was without any form of real protection.”

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