Prince Harry makes shock Strictly Come Dancing appearance ‘surprising’ royal aides amid BBC row over Diana interview

PRINCE Harry appeared on Strictly Come Dancing tonight – "surprising" royal aides as a row over the BBC's controversial Diana interview drags on.

He was beamed into living rooms across the UK as he showed support for his pal JJ Chalmers.

He surprised JJ during a training session to poke fun of his outfit and heap praise on his pal.

Harry said: "When I first met JJ, he was a shell of himself but to see him shine through Invictus and get to himself again was an amazing time – that was an amazing journey.

"I'm so genuinely proud you are in this position. You are not a dancer and it proves you can do anything you can put your mind to which is amazing."

The pair struck up a friendship when JJ took part in the Invictus Games, and they have been mates ever since.

The former Royal Marine was seriously injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

A senior royal source told The Times: “Strictly Come Dancing is one of the BBC’s flagship shows.

"Given what has been going on around the BBC Diana saga and everything that has come out of the other documentaries, Harry’s timing is a little surprising.

"Of all the weeks for Harry to record something on the BBC, this wasn’t it.”


A spokesman for Prince Harry confirmed he is aware of the Panorama row, but said: “The duke has known JJ for a long time.

"They’ve been in good touch since Strictly started and he was keen to show his support for a friend so they recorded something together earlier this week.”

Viewers at home were delighted by Harry's cameo this evening, taking to Twitter to share their reaction.

One fan wrote: "Oh Prince Harry was very sweet on #Strictly – such a genuine guy."

JJ, 33, previously revealed Harry has been watching him on the show and is impressed with his dancing skills.

When asked whether his pal has been watching, the TV host told the Daily Mail: "Yes. I thought he'd find it hilarious, but he though I was good.

"He though, 'By heck, he can dance'."

A scandal erupted earlier this month when Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer went public with claims Martin Bashir repeatedly deceived her in order to land an exclusive 1995 Panorama interview.

Notes from Earl Spencer seen by the Daily Mail allegedly show that Bashir spun an extraordinary web of lies to gain access to the Princess. 

They reveal 32 jaw-dropping smears – including claims that Diana’s private correspondence was being opened and her phone tapped. 

Earl Spencer also alleged to director-general Tim Davie that Bashir falsified bank accounts, which claimed to wrongly show two senior courtiers were being paid by security services for information on Diana, in the hope it would win him an introduction to her.

Last night we told how the BBC found a note written by Princess Diana after her Panorama interview — as removal vans emptied under-fire journalist Martin Bashir’s home.

The handwritten letter — allegedly denying that she was manipulated into taking part — had been missing.

News of the letter came as removal teams emptied Mr Bashir’s £2million home in Maida Vale, West London.

It comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were labelled "phony" for using tombstones as "props" during Remembrance Day photoshoot.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been hit with backlash after they were pictured laying flowers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery this week, with many royal commentators calling it a "publicity stunt".

Harry, 35, was forced to deny the shoot with wife Meghan was a "publicity stunt" after the photographer who took the snaps was named as celebrity snapper Lee Morgan.

The 39-year-old was enlisted by the ex-royals to capture the moment they visited the graves of fallen soldiers after the Prince was allegedly told he couldn't have a Remembrance Day wreath laid at Cenotaph on his behalf.

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