Tabloid editors admit guilt over papers role in death of Princess Diana
The editors of Britains’ three biggest selling tabloids at the time of the death of Princess Diana, have admitted they feel guilt about her fatal accident.
Phil Hall of the News of the World, Stuart Higgins of The Sun and Piers Morgan of The Mirror have all expressed remorse for the role of the press in the Princess’s life and death.
Phil Hall speaking on documentary Diana’s Last Summer, stated: ‘A big Diana story could add £150,000 sales. So we were all responsible.’
Mr Hall speaks of the vicious circle that emerged in the media, with readers keen for new photos leading editors to demand more from photographers, who in turn became more desperate in their pursuit of a prize shot.
Mr Hall added: ‘I feel huge responsibility for what happened and I think everyone in the media did.’
Stuart Higgins echoed Mr. Hall’s views and speaking to the Daily Telegraph added: ‘I have often questioned my role, the paper’s role and the media’s role generally in her death and the events leading up to it.’
Piers Morgan added that he believed editors at the time had not done enough to control the paparazzi. ‘Everyone working on national newspapers, in the first few days after she died, felt a collective sense that the paparazzi were out of control in relation to Diana.’