Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone: Prosecutors

Prince William calls her 'babykins' in voicemail, says he was nearly shot

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2013 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Prosecutors told a London court today that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, marking the first time the now-closed tabloid has been accused of hacking the phone of an actual member of the British royal family—as opposed to an aide. Voicemails on Middleton's phone were intercepted by the newspaper and heard by the court today, including one from 2006 in which Prince William calls her "baby" and another in which he calls her "babykins," the Daily Beast reports.

In one of the messages, William tells Kate he was nearly shot by blanks while going through military training, CNN reports. The court also heard an intercepted voicemail of Prince Harry's, in which William spoke in falsetto, pretending to be Harry's then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy. In total, Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who has pleaded guilty to phone hacking in the case, recorded about eight messages, the prosecution says.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton listens from a balcony during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton listens from a balcony during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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