Hacking trial: Kate Middleton's phone 'hacked by News of the World', as court hears message revealing Prince William was ‘almost shot’

Jury hears for first time alleged details of hacking targeting future king and queen

Political Correspondent

Intimate voicemail messages left by Prince William for his then girlfriend Kate Middleton, in which he calls her “my little babykins”, and another joke message left for his brother Prince Harry calling him a “big hairy fat ginger”, were hacked by the News of the World, the Old Bailey heard on Thursday

Transcripts of the messages, sent when Prince William was undertaking officer training at Sandhurst, also revealed his embarrassment at being nearly hit by blank bullet rounds when he got “terribly lost” during an exercise in the woods.

“I’ve been running around the woods of Aldershot chasing shadows and getting terribly lost, and I walked into some other regiment’s ambush, which was slightly embarrassing because I nearly got shot. Not by live rounds but by blank rounds,” the Prince says.

The Duke, who met his future wife in 2003, spent almost all of 2006 at Sandhurst, passing out in December. The couple split up a year later, but shortly afterwards resumed their relationship and were engaged in 2010.

Emails read out in court by the lead prosecutor, Andrew Edis QC, are the first time evidence has been presented in a court allegedly linking the now defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid directly to the hacking of messages between members of the Royal Family.

The voicemails also contain allegations that Prince Harry bent Sandhurst’s rules by obtaining outside help for an academy essay, and that Prince William bypassed regulations on leaving the military academy to meet his girlfriend.

Although the transcripts have been held by Scotland Yard since 2006, they were not used during the trial in the same year of the NOTW’s royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, and the paper’s regularly commissioned private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire. Both were convicted in January 2007 of illegally hacking voicemails said to belong to members of the royal household, rather than the Royal Family themselves. Mr Mulcaire has already pleaded guilty to further hacking-relating charges. The jury was told of the stories which subsequently appeared in the NOTW, allegedly based on the hacked voicemails. The description of Prince William being nearly shot appeared in the “Blackadder” royal gossip column, edited by Mr Goodman. The court heard that prior to publication he sent an email to his senior editorial colleagues outlining the story.

The detail of a short message left at 5.34am, where William calls Kate “babykins”, appeared in the NOTW in February 2006 under the headline, “Wills wants the girl he calls ‘babykins’ to become his princess”.

In another message, William says “I’m going to try and go beagling again today” and that he might try to see Kate later. The message was discovered by police when they searched Mr Goodman’s house in 2006. The court was told that the plan to go “beagling” was mentioned in an email from Mr Goodman to his editor, Andy Coulson. The email was said to contain an evaluation that Prince William may find it difficult to carry out his plans because nobody is allowed leave during the initial weeks at Sandhurst.

The hacking of Prince Harry’s phone centred on a message where, according to the NOTW’s own account, William tried to impersonate his brother’s then girlfriend, Chelsy Davy.  Assuming a falsetto voice, the male caller says: “Hi, it’s Chelsy here. I just want to say I miss you so much and I think you’re the most best looking ginger I’ve ever seen, although you really are quite ugly for a ginger.”

Mr Goodman and Mr Coulson face charges of bribing public officials. Mr Coulson, along with Rebekah Brooks, News International’s former chief executive, also faces charges of conspiracy to hack phones. Four others also face hacking relating charges. All deny the charges against them. The trial continues.

News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
video
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Up my street: The residents of the elegant Moray Place in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town
tvBBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past
Extras
indybest
News
Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the teaching profession's favourite teacher
education
Sport
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
sport
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
News
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sport
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Sport
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform