The News of the World hacking scandal just got even more royal: Kate Middleton was a victim. But it was her bank account, not her phone, that was hacked, so the incident falls outside Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard’s phone hacking investigation. Middleton’s account was allegedly accessed in 2005 by Jonathan Rees, a private detective who had worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, the Telegraph reports.
Rees also targeted Tony Blair and other high-profile victims, a member of parliament told the House of Commons yesterday. The MP wants the phone hacking inquiry expanded, and the Metropolitan Police force is considering investigating the new allegations. Rees was hired by NOTW first in the 1990s and again in 2004, after serving prison time for a drug conspiracy charge, but the tabloid’s parent company notes that Rees worked for a number of other newspapers as well. Click for much more on Rees’s alleged crimes in the Guardian. (Read more Rupert Murdoch stories.)