Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone 155 Times, Harry's ... 9 Royal wild child was apparently not that interesting to 'News of the World' By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted May 14, 2014 12:47 PM CDT 5 comments Comments This is a Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 file photo of Britain's Prince William and wife Kate. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) (Newser) – If hacking is a form of flattery, Kate Middleton ought to be red-faced. Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman admitted hacking the phones of British royals today, telling the court that the now-duchess was first targeted in 2005 as "a figure of increasing importance around the royal family." And it wasn't just casual interest, reports the BBC: Goodman admitted hacking Middleton's phone some 155 times; that compares to 35 times for Prince William, and just nine for the apparently ragingly dull Prince Harry. "There were discussions about her and Prince William marrying, moving in, settling down," he said, as per the AP. "She started to receive semi royal status and things were moving on." Goodman had previously only admitted to hacking royal aides. "I have been as open and honest about hacking as I can be, but nobody has asked me any questions about this before," he testified today.