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Blue Peter deceived the Royals long before Martin Bashir's Princess Diana interview, one of the show's former stars recalled.

The flagship children's programme's longest-serving female presenter Konnie Huq has revealed how she was put on the spot by Princess Anne.

Konnie had to make an apology in 2007 over a kitten name-fixing scandal – and it wasn't the only fib they had ever told.

Even though 'Cookie' came out on top in a website poll, programme staff rejected that and announced the cute cat would be named 'Socks' instead.

Now, in an interview with the Daily Express, the star says the Princess Royal didn't miss the chance to dig up another untruth.

She said: "I met Princess Anne at a do a couple of weeks later and she said to me, 'It was with Blue Peter that I first learnt about lies on TV'.

Konnie recalled how Blue Peter first cause a royal stir
(Image: BBC)

The scenes came long before Martin Bashir's Panorama interview
(Image: PA)

"She knew about the Queen documentary and said, 'I did filming with Blue Peter'.

"She had gone on safari with Valerie Singleton [to Kenya in 1971]. She said, 'Yes, two weeks on safari, didn't see a bloody thing and then I switch on the TV – and there are lion cubs being born!'

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"Back in the day you could get away with things and they weren't under such scrutiny as they are now. She was saying that lies on telly is really an old thing."

Konnie has spoken out in the BBC's defence after a damning report ruled then Panorama reporter Bashir lied to Diana in 1995.

He even faked bank statements to secure her interview of the decade.

"I don't know what was behind the Martin Bashir thing but everyone is motivated by something," she said. "Was it adulation or furthering their career? Or greed?"

The Kenyan safari scenes didn't go unnoticed at the Palace
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Ex-BBC director general Lord Hall said he should have sacked Bashir over his behaviour in the run-up to the interview.

“We trusted him and clearly shouldn’t have,” he told a committee of MPs.

Asked about Bashir’s conduct and subsequent re-hiring by the BBC Hall said the journalist had ended up “contrite and in tears” when he had “quizzed him really, really hard.”

Bashir admitted to his bosses that the statements had been mocked up, but repeatedly denied showing them to Diana's brother Earl Spencer.

Blue Peter was also rocked by a kitten naming scandal!
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A recent report by former judge Lord Dyson criticised Bashir's "deceitful" actions and Lord Hall's "woefully ineffective" investigation.

The Panorama interview was watched by more than 20 million people.

In a blistering statement, Prince William said BBC leaders had failed his mother with their “woeful incompetence”, and that the “deceitful way” the interview was obtained.

He said he was saddened the corporation had not properly investigated complaints earlier and that his mother had never known she had been deceived.

Prince Harry said: “The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”