Clive Goodman leaves the Old Bailey courthouse in London.
The former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the
World tabloid admitted to a London court he had repeatedly
hacked the voicemails of Princes William and Harry, and
William's wife Kate Middleton.
Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally accessing
voicemails on the mobile phones of royal aides, said he had
hacked Queen Elizabeth's grandsons almost a decade ago in
search of stories while working at the now-defunct tabloid.
From late 2005 until his arrest the following year,
Middleton's phone was hacked 155 times despite her often
changing the PIN number to access her voicemails, William's
was hacked 35 and Harry's nine times, the court was told.
Goodman targeted Middleton, known as the Duchess of Cambridge
since her marriage to William three years ago, on Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2005. The last time was
on Aug. 7, 2006, the day before police arrested Goodman.
Despite the regular royal hackings, Goodman said detectives
had never before asked him about the tapping of the princes'
phones and it had not been publicly disclosed before the
The Old Bailey jury has previously heard how recordings of
the royals' messages had been discovered, including one in
which William called Kate "Babykins", but not who was
"I'm quite happy to get everything out there and in the
open," Goodman told the court. "I don't want anyone to think
I'm not ashamed of what we did."
Goodman and private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for
the paper, were jailed in January 2007, although the ex-royal
editor's involvement was then said to have been limited to
three aides to the princes.
At the time, Murdoch's British newspaper arm News
International said phone-hacking was limited to a "rogue
reporter" but police reopened their investigation when new
information emerged in 2011.
The subsequent scandal rocked the British establishment and
led Murdoch to close the 168-year-old News of the World.
Three of the paper's former news editors have admitted
Goodman, 56, is now on trial accused with the paper's former
editor Andy Coulson, later Prime Minister David Cameron's
media chief, of authorising illegal payments to police
officers to obtain royal telephone directories.
Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, another former editor and later
chief executive of Murdoch's British newspaper arm are also
on trial accused of phone-hacking offences. They and four
other defendants on trial deny the charges.
Goodman had been absent from court since falling ill in March
part-way through cross-examination from Coulson's lawyer
In earlier testimony, he said Coulson had agreed a project to
fund a private detective to hack the phones of staff working
for William and Harry.
Asked why he was now admitting hacking the royals themselves,
Goodman said he could speak freely as the Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) had made it clear he would not be facing any
further action over hacking.
"I'm happy to give a full account of every single one of
these (hackings)," Goodman told the court. He said he had
also hacked the phones of a personal assistant to Sarah
Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and Michael Fawcett, an aide
to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
Langdale queried why he had not disclosed these details in
response to questions put to him weeks ago, when he only
recalled hacking five royal aides and the son of Camilla
Parker Bowles, the second wife of Prince Charles.
"Had you really forgotten that you had been hacking him
(Prince William)?" Langdale asked.
"I didn't recall specifics," Goodman replied. "I have not
been asked it before."
The trial continues.