The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct
British tabloid the News of the World has told a court the late
Princess Diana had given him a directory of royal phone numbers
to get back at her then husband Prince Charles.
Clive Goodman said the confidential directory which contained
numbers of senior members of Britain's royal household was
delivered to the newspaper's offices in 1992 when Diana was
growing increasingly bitter about her husband.
Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for accessing the voicemails
of mobile phones belonging to senior royal aides, is on trial
accused of making illegal payments to police officers to
obtain telephone directories of the royal household.
Police found 15 such directories at Goodman's home when he
was arrested in 2006.
Asked where a "green book" directory dating from 1992 had
come from, Goodman told the Old Bailey court: "(It was)
provided to us by the Princess of Wales.
"It arrived at the office in an envelope with my name on it,"
he said, adding he received a call from Diana later to check
he had received it.
Diana formally separated from Charles in December 1992 and
the couple divorced in 1996. She was killed the following
year in a car crash in Paris.
Goodman said she had a close relationship with several
journalists at the time and wanted to use the press and the
News of the World in particular as a "powerful" ally against
"She was at the time going through a very tough time. She
told me she wanted me to see this document to see the scale
of her husband's staff and household compared to hers,"
Goodman told the court.
"She felt she was in a very bitter situation at the time. She
felt she was being swamped by the people close to him and his
household. She was looking for an ally to take him on to show
the kind of forces ranged against her."
Goodman denied any of the directories had come from a public
official or that he had paid for them.
Earlier, Goodman told the court that the culture at the paper
when Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron's former
media chief, became editor after 2003 was "quite bullying,
menacing" and this was exacerbated by his deputy Neil Wallis.
"He became more aggressive, more combative and more
bullying," Goodman said of Coulson.
The trial has been told that four other former News of the
World journalists, including three senior editorial figures,
had now also admitted conspiracy to hack phones during
Coulson, who resigned after Goodman was jailed in 2007 before
becoming media chief of Cameron's Conservative Party, is
accused of authorising Goodman's alleged illegal payments and
conspiracy to hack phones.
He denies the charges.