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Royal Phones Hacked By British Paper

Jillian Morabito |
December 19, 2013 | 10:01 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Former editor Rebekah Brooks is one of seven on trial (via Twitter/@ViralBanter).
Former editor Rebekah Brooks is one of seven on trial (via Twitter/@ViralBanter).
The tabloid News of the World was tried in court this morning over accusations of hacking Kate Middleton and Prince Harry’s phone calls. The newspaper is owned by Rupert Murdoch. 

The hacking dates back to 2006 when the paper heard messages exchanged between Prince William and Middleton. In them, her refers to her as “babykins” and discloses that he was close to being shot with blank bullets. 

Prince Harry’s phone calls were also recorded and messages included his brother, William, pretending to be then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy and accusations that he cheated on his exams at Sandhurst military academy. 

The paper has been accused before of hacking phones of affiliates of the royal family, but never the royals themselves. 

Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator, has been arrested for allegedly hacking these phone calls. 

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, and Stuart Kuttner are former News of the World editors that are currently on trial for this case, as well as former royal editor Clive Goodman and three others were involved in the illegal reception of royal phone messages. 

Found in Goodman's home were "15 royal phone directories, which listed the numbers of the entire royal family, staff, and close friends," Yahoo! News reports.  

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