‘Kate Middleton’s phone was hacked’

The recorded messages were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Written by Associated Press | London | Published:December 20, 2013 5:19 am

Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were courting were read at Britain’s 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 Murdoch’s 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 Murdoch’s tabloids.

One message from William begins with the words: “Hi baby. Um,sorry,I’ve 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,Harry’s girlfriend at the time.

The message refers to Harry’s reddish hair,making him a “ginger” in English slang. “It’s Chelsy here and saying you are the best looking ginger I have ever seen.”

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