Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman Admits He Hacked Prince Williams, Harry and Kate Middleton

Clive Goodman (pictured today) said he had hacked the royals while working at the tabloid
Disgraced former royal reporter Clive Goodman hacked Kate Middleton’s phones 155 times in eight months, he admitted for the first time yesterday.

The former News of the World royal editor hacked Miss Middleton – now the Duchess of Cambridge – on an almost daily basis, including on Christmas Day.
He also frequently intercepted the voicemails of Princes William and Harry.

Goodman, who was jailed for hacking mobiles belonging to royal aides in 2007, said he had not previously told police or prosecutors about the true extent of his hacking because he was never asked about it.

The 56-year-old told the phone hacking trial he targeted the young royals in 2005 and 2006 and continued to hack Miss Middleton until the day before his arrest in August 2006.

He hacked Prince William 35 times and Prince Harry nine times and also targeted royal aides, including the Duchess of York’s press aide Kate Waddington and Prince Charles’s former valet Michael Fawcett.
He insisted he would have told police about the full extent of the hacking operation if he had been asked.

Goodman, a married father of one, was jailed for four months in 2007 after he admitted his part in hacking William and Harry’s PA Helen Asprey, their private secretary Jamie Lowther- Pinkerton and their Press aide Paddy Harverson.
Private detective Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months.

Goodman said the editor of the News of the World at the time, Andy Coulson, knew about the hacking and sanctioned £500-a-week payments to Mulcaire to target the royals.

Timothy Langdale QC, for Coulson, confronted Goodman with phone data which showed he had personally hacked William, Kate and Harry.
Goodman said: ‘I am not on trial for phone hacking. I completely agree I hacked these people’s phones.

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