Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were courting were read at Britains phone hacking trial Thursday – he calls her babykins and makes jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise.
The transcripts were read at the trial of seven people,including former senior executives in Rupert Murdochs tabloid,on charges related to phone hacking and other tabloid misbehavior.
The 2006 recordings reveal the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William,second-in-line to the throne,and Middleton,who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal.
The recorded messages were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire,who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother,Prince Harry,for one of Murdochs tabloids.
One message from William begins with the words: Hi baby. Um,sorry,Ive just got back in off my night navigation exercise. He continues: I had a busy day today again…
The court also heard how William called Harry and left a message in a high-pitched voice,pretending to be Chelsy Davy,Harrys girlfriend at the time.
The message refers to Harrys reddish hair,making him a ginger in English slang. Its Chelsy here and saying you are the best looking ginger I have ever seen.