Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The pair are among five people due to appear at the Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Coulson and ex-News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman are charged with conspiracy to pay for information.
Coulson, 44, and Goodman, 55, face two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office - one between August 31, 2002 and January 31, 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3, 2005.
The charges relate to the alleged request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information including the royal contacts.
Brooks, 44, and former Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, are charged with conspiring to pay Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber around £100,000 for information.