Alan Waller points to the sofa he almost fell off last October as he sat watching Celebrity X-Factor. On screen was Martin Bashir , the BBC religious affairs editor, who 25 years earlier had wrecked his life by making it appear that he had sold information about his former employer Earl Spencer and his sister, Princess Diana. Mr Bashir, who used the claim about Mr Waller to convince the Princess to be interviewed by him on Panorama , was on stage explaining to Simon Cowell that he had agreed to perform only after concluding that the programme’s researchers were “honourable and truthful”. Mr Waller, the former head of security for Earl Spencer, couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “There was Bashir talking about honesty and truth, and I almost fell off the sofa. It was absolutely astonishing,” he said. In his first interview, Mr Waller has broken his silence over the deceit by Mr Bashir that, 25 years on, he says has destroyed his life. “This man [Bashir] has become a multi-millionaire by using me. I am the fall guy,” he said. “Bashir has effectively stolen my identity, stolen my banking information, and then used it to frame me as the fall… Read full this story
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