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Reporter admits hacking William, Kate and Harry's phones 200 times

Former royal editor tells Old Bailey for the first time that he hacked the royals while working at the tabloid

Published 14/05/2014 | 17:00

Clive Goodman, former royal editor of the News of the World, arrives at the Old Bailey in central London March 19, 2014. Goodman has been called to give evidence in the trial of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, and five other defendants who are accused of various charges related to phone-hacking, illegal payments to officials for stories, and hindering police investigations. They all deny the charges linked to a scandal that shook the British establishment. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA)
Clive Goodman, former royal editor of the News of the World.

The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid has told the Old Bailey that he had hacked the voicemails of Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry, and William's wife Kate.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing the voicemails on the mobiles of royal aides, told the court for the first time today that he had hacked the royals while working at the tabloid.

The Duchess of Cambridge's phone was hacked 155 times, William's was illegally accessed 35 times and Harry's messages on nine occasions, the court was told.

Goodman is on trial accused with former editor Andy Coulson, later Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, of authorising illegal payments to public officials.

Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, another former editor and later chief executive of Murdoch's British newspaper arm are also on trial accused of phone-hacking offences.

All seven defendants on trial deny the charges.

The case continues

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