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Journalist used deceit to secure Princess Diana interview, report finds

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An investigation found a BBC journalist used phony documents to secure a bombshell interview with Princess Diana. Roxanna Saberi has more.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Well, tonight, an extraordinary statement from Britain's Prince William. He's lashing out at the BBC after an investigation found that one of its journalists used phony documents in 1995 to land a bombshell interview with his mother, Princess Diana. Many believe that that interview changed the royal family forever. CBS's Roxana Saberi reports tonight from London.

[? DIANA SPENCER: ?] Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.

ROXANA SABERI: 26 years after Princess Diana shocked the royal family and the world with details about her failing marriage, her son Prince William is blasting the BBC for how reporter Martin Bashir landed the bombshell interview.

PRINCE WILLIAM: It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC'S failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia, and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

ROXANA SABERI: He was responding to a 127-page report released today that found that Bashir deceived and induced Diana's brother Earl Spencer to arrange a meeting with the princess, eventually persuading her to do the interview. The report accuses Bashir of showing Spencer fake bank statements suggesting that people close to his sister were being paid to spy on her.

PRINCE WILLIAM: The deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

DIANA SPENCER: Dianna's explosive statements forced Queen Elizabeth to tell her and Prince Charles to divorce. Diana died two years later fleeing from the paparazzi. Prince Harry, who was 12 at the time, said in a statement, our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed.

In a statement, Bashir apologized for forging bank statements, saying they had no bearing on her personal choice to take part in the interview. A handwritten note signed by Diana said she had no regrets about speaking with him.

The BBC has also issued an apology for what it calls unacceptable failures and says it should have done more to get to the bottom of what happened. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: Roxana Saberi, thank you.