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Report: Kate Middleton's phone hacked, court told

By CNN Staff
updated 10:51 PM EST, Thu December 19, 2013
Kate Middleton is the latest victim to be revealed in the United Kingdom's phone hacking scandal. A prosecutor told a London court on December 19 that Middleton's phone was hacked while she was dating Prince William in a trial of the newspaper's executives of the defunct News of the World tabloid, according to the British Press Association. Kate Middleton is the latest victim to be revealed in the United Kingdom's phone hacking scandal. A prosecutor told a London court on December 19 that Middleton's phone was hacked while she was dating Prince William in a trial of the newspaper's executives of the defunct News of the World tabloid, according to the British Press Association.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Prosecutor reads transcripts of messages between Prince William, Kate Middleton
  • Evidence is revealed in phone-hacking trial of former News of the World editors
  • Several hundred attempts made to hack phones of UK princes' aides, court told earlier

(CNN) -- The British tabloid News of the World hacked Kate Middleton's phone while she was dating Prince William, a prosecutor told a London court Thursday in a trial of the defunct newspaper's executives, according to the British Press Association.

In one voicemail message that William left Kate -- the transcript of which was read in court by the prosecutor -- the prince calls his future wife "Babykins" and says he was almost shot by blank rounds during a military training exercise, the PA reported.

The date of the message wasn't immediately clear, though the couple weren't yet married at the time, the PA reported. Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge when she married William in April 2011.

The transcript, dug up during a police investigation into the newspaper's alleged hacking practices, was one of several messages between the couple that were read at London's Old Bailey court, the PA reported.

Report: Kate Middleton's phone hacked
From the announcement of their engagement in 2010 to the arrival of the royal baby in 2013, the love affair between Prince William and the former Kate Middleton has enthralled millions. From the announcement of their engagement in 2010 to the arrival of the royal baby in 2013, the love affair between Prince William and the former Kate Middleton has enthralled millions.
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The revelation came at the trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and the paper's former managing editor, Stuart Kuttner. All are accused of conspiring between October 2000 and August 2006 "to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority." They deny the charges.

Glenn Mulcaire, a former private investigator for News International -- the then parent company of News of the World -- was convicted of phone hacking in 2006 and has already pleaded guilty to hacking charges in the current case.

UK phone-hacking trial: Kate Middleton's name on 'target evaluation' list

Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup have also pleaded guilty in the case.

Jurors were told that Ian Edmondson, who is also charged with conspiring to hack phones between October 2000 and August 2006, is "currently unfit" and will take no further part in the trial, the PA reported. He will be tried at a later date, the judge said.

Brooks, her husband, Charlie Brooks, and her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter also face a separate set of charges of conspiring to obstruct the police investigation into phone hacking.

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Brooks is also accused of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in public office. Coulson faces a similar charge, the PA reported.

Among the allegations made in the trial previously: A police investigator testified that several hundred attempts were made to hack the cellphones of aides to princes Charles, William and Harry.

Hacking allegations against the News of the World prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to set up an independent inquiry, led by Lord Justice Leveson, to make recommendations on journalistic ethics and examine the relationship of the media with the public, police and politicians.

'Hundreds of attempts' made to hack UK princes' aides phones

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