Princess Diana's close pal claims Martin Bashir forged her letter stating she was not coerced into Panorama interview

A CLOSE friend of Princess Diana claims Martin Bashir forged a letter from her.

The note stated she was not coerced into the 1995 Panorama interview with the journalist.

The BBC admits the note is important evidence but states it is missing. Yet Simone Simmons, close to the Princess at the time, states: “That’s an out and out lie. She never wrote any note — she would not write anything like that.

“Of course, it has gone missing. Something that is that important, they’re not going to lose it, are they?

“Bashir made the whole thing up. At the time, I said, her and her brother Charles Spencer were the victims of a fraud. I was right.” Psychic Simone added: “What Bashir did was sick. How low do you go? Indefensible.”

She also said Di, who died in a car crash in 1997, called her after the broadcast and Simone told her: “You made a prat of yourself.”

The BBC last night said: “There isn’t a shred of evidence to suggest the note from the Princess was anything other than genuine.

“The note and its contents are referred to in records and management recall it.”

Bashir, 57, has also been accused by Di’s brother of getting him to secure the talk by allegedly showing him forged bank records.

A newspaper claims the journalist also falsely stated Prince Edward was having treatment for Aids and the Queen was a comfort-eater with heart issues.

The BBC last night pledged an investigation. Bashir was unavailable to comment on the claims.

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