News of the World 'hacked William's messages for Kate'

19th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

The News of the World hacked voicemail messages from Prince William to Kate Middleton in which the heir to the throne called his future wife "babykins", a British court heard Thursday.

The messages were obtained by police and read out during the trial over phone-hacking at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, which was shut down in disgrace in July 2011.

The second in line to the throne referred to his then girlfriend as "babykins", prosecuting lawyer Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey court in London.

In one voicemail, the prince -- also known as the Duke of Cambridge -- says: "Hi baby. Um, sorry, I've just got back in off my night navigation exercise."

Referring to his military training, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson says: "I had a busy day today again.

"I've been running around the woods of Aldershot chasing shadows and getting horribly lost, and I walked into some other regiment's ambush, which was slightly embarrassing because I nearly got shot.

"Not by live rounds but by blank rounds, which would have been very embarrassing, though."

The jury was also read part of a message William left on the phone of his younger brother Prince Harry, in which he put on a high-pitched voice and pretended to be Harry's then girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

"It's Chelsy here and saying you are the best looking ginger I have ever seen," William joked, referring to Harry's trademark red hair.

Edis said the voicemail was recovered from the home of Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator employed by the News of the World over many years in the early 2000s.

Among the defendants on trial are two of the tabloid's former editors -- Andy Coulson, who went on to work as media chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, and Rebekah Brooks, who rose to become the top executive in Murdoch's British newspaper unit.

Coulson is accused of phone-hacking and paying public officials, while Brooks faces similar charges as well as one of hiding material from the police in the last days of the News of the World. They both deny all charges.


© 2013 AFP

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