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Ex-tabloid royal editor: I hacked Kate Middleton 155 times



By JILL LAWLESS

LONDON (AP) -- The former royal editor of the News of the World said Wednesday that he repeatedly hacked the voicemails of Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton in the months before he was arrested for illegal eavesdropping in 2006.

Clive Goodman told Britain's phone hacking trial that he listened to Middleton's voicemails 155 times, Prince William's 35 times and Prince Harry's nine times.

Goodman was briefly jailed in 2007, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, for hacking the phones of royal aides. But Goodman said police and prosecutors never asked him whether he had also targeted members of the royal family.

"I have been as open and honest about hacking as I can be, but nobody has asked me any questions about this before," said Goodman, 56.

Former Reporter Hacked Kate Middleton's Phone 155 Times

Earlier in the trial the jury was read transcripts of intercepted phone messages between William and Kate from the days when they were courting. She became the Duchess of Cambridge when they married in 2011.

Goodman said Kate was first targeted in late 2005, when she was becoming "a figure of increasing importance around the royal family."

"There were discussions about her and Prince William marrying, moving in, settling down," he said. "She started to receive semi royal status and things were moving on."

Goodman and six others - including ex-News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson - are on trial over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids. Murdoch shut down the News of the World in 2011 after evidence emerged that its staff had hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians and even a kidnapped 13-year-old girl.

The defendants deny all the charges.

Goodman returned to the witness box on Wednesday after a two-month break due to ill health. Judge John Saunders told the jury that a medical expert had declared the former journalist fit to continue giving evidence.

Goodman is not charged with hacking phones, but of conspiring to pay officials for royal phone directories.

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babur771 May 14 2014 at 5:21 PM

Just pure ENVY! Let them live . In fact they care less about what is said.

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BRUCE May 15 2014 at 6:53 AM

Should recieve severe punishment as well as should the photographers that sneak their cameras through every crack and hole in the fence. Total creeps to invade someone's personal life the way they do just to "be first" with the gossip trash.

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carolfalzarano May 14 2014 at 6:55 PM

FOR GOD SAKE LEAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS ALONE
GO PICK ON SOMEONE WORTHLESS LIKE THE LITTLE CREEP J.B.

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gigi1105 carolfalzarano May 14 2014 at 7:08 PM

pretty, yes, beautiful, no. she looks very old and wrinkly lately, certainly not from being overworked!!!! and i don't think she will ever hold a candle to princess diana. just think, when diana was kate's age she had already been married 13 yrs!!!!!

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musing259 gigi1105 May 14 2014 at 7:16 PM

Beauty is in the eye......You sound jealous.

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mizliz11 gigi1105 May 14 2014 at 8:33 PM

Gigi, how old are you 12?

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FRANK carolfalzarano May 14 2014 at 7:36 PM

A M E N ! ! !

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dwp48 May 14 2014 at 6:58 PM

he's just another *******

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FunnyFace May 14 2014 at 7:09 PM

Beautiful couple, darling baby, I would love to be his Nanny, I have experience.

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miriamisrael1 FunnyFace May 14 2014 at 7:23 PM

I'de like to be Harry's personal assistant ;-)

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landislaurence May 14 2014 at 7:10 PM

Just place this POS in a deep, dark cell in some dirty, disgusting prison somewhere & leave him there 4ever. Charge him w/some form of, let's say, treason & b done w/the likes of him as a "lesson" 2 the media that "the people/the public" DO NOT HAVE A RITE 2 KNOW ALL THERE IS ABOUT A CELEBRITY OR ANY OTHER PUBLIC FIGURE! EOS! It's got 2 stop somewhere, so let it b here & now w/this person & this situation.

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jmefox May 14 2014 at 7:26 PM

No one today has any privacy.. but if u live the right and honest way, why care, there is nothing one can do..

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madddddddddddddd May 14 2014 at 7:40 PM

this hacker is a bigger ass than most

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Pearltrans May 15 2014 at 3:54 AM

The sleazy and illegal practices of News of the World as owned by Rupert Murdoch (whose corporation owns Fox News) are being exposed.

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sboss29 May 14 2014 at 7:50 PM

They should have a normal couples problems they live in a fairy tale world must be nice no bills to worry about spending other people hard earned money.

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jg2487 sboss29 May 14 2014 at 7:54 PM

spending other peoples money? sounds like the Obamas!

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dreamz777 jg2487 May 14 2014 at 8:09 PM

It's absolutely killing you, huh? GOOD!!

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