Charity bosses say donations from the BBC will be used to honor Princess Diana’s legacy.
The announcer made a charity donation of £1.42 million which was split equally among seven charities related to the Princess of Wales.
Following their divorce in 1996, Diana stepped down as patron or president of all but six charities – Centrepoint, British National Ballet, Leprosy Mission, National Endowment, Great Hospital Ormond Street and the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The donation has been split between these charities and the Diana Awards were established to promote the princess’s belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
Deborah Gold, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, said: “Princess Diana will forever be treasured as our patron who has made a tremendous contribution to raising awareness about HIV. . We wouldn’t be where we are today without her, and we strive to build on her legacy every day.
“We will make sure the money raised is used to make progress on issues that concern Princess Diana.
“Princess Diana has vigorously challenged HIV stigma during her time with the National Aids Trust. We will continue to fiercely protect the rights of people living with HIV and ensure they can live the fullest life possible.
“Diana has bravely spoken out against injustice and believes in dignity and respect. Sadly, this is not what she got in this case, but we will try to honor her and do the work that we believe will make her proud in the future. “
Proceeds from the sale of a 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, conducted by BBC reporter Martin Bashir, caused a global stir when the princess spoke openly about her marriage to the Prince of Wales. Wales.
Last year, a report by Lord Dyson concluded that the BBC covered up Bashir’s “deceitful conduct” to secure a bombshell interview and led to a call from the Duke of Cambridge demanding it never be broadcast. waves again.
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Announcing the donation on Friday, the BBC said: “The BBC has indicated its intention to donate to charity the proceeds of sales from a 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
“The BBC has now done so. Given Lord Dyson’s findings, we think this is the right and appropriate course of action. “
Great Ormond Street Hospital said the donation would be “extremely beneficial” in helping to treat critically ill children across the UK.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Princess Diana has been an important supporter of the hospital she has visited on a number of occasions.
“The Prince of Wales and Princess Diana became patrons of the Call to Blessing in 1986, and in 1989 she was appointed chair of the hospital.”
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity said the donation will help ensure nurses, doctors and research teams can continue to provide the best care and develop life-saving treatments. people with cancer. “
The spokesperson added: “Making a difference in the lives of people living with cancer is the reason Diana, Princess of Wales, supports as chair of The Royal Marsden, a role that is not has since been taken over by HRH, Duke of Cambridge.”
Wayne Bulpitt, chairman of the board at The Diana Award, said he was “grateful” to the BBC that the donation would “be a great help to their work”.
A Centrepoint spokesperson said: “Every year, we support thousands of young homeless youth with jobs and homes by providing safe and stable accommodation, support for physical health issues and issues. and morale and access to education, training and employment.
“None of this work would be possible without donations, so we are grateful to receive this generous amount at a time when the land’s most vulnerable young people are most vulnerable. The country is really in trouble.”
In July of this year, the BBC announced it would “never” replay clips from the interview.
Director General Tim Davie said: “Now that we know of how shocking the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never rerun the show, nor will we license it in its entirety or part for other broadcasters.
“Of course it remains part of the historical record and there may be occasions in the future when the BBC uses short excerpts for journalistic purposes, but these will be few and far between and need was agreed at the executive committee level and placed in the full context of what we know about interviewing practices.
“I would urge others to exercise the same restraint.”
Contributions come from the BBC’s commercial revenue and not from licensing fees, the consortium said.
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