A phone message from Prince William to Kate Middleton arranging for them to meet was intercepted by a private investigator working for the News of the World, the hacking trial was told today.
The message recorded by Glenn Mulcaire was of William arranging to leave Sandhurst to meet his then-girlfriend, the Old Bailey heard. It was found on a micro-cassette in former royal editor Clive Goodman's flat.
Goodman, 56, was asked about the recording during his third day in the witness box. His lawyer, David Spens QC, read out relevant parts of a police transcript on the tape dated February 23 2006.
In it, William says: "Hopefully I should be able to leave by seven at the latest."
Later in the message he repeats: "Planning on definitely coming out by sevenish so I will be with you by eight at the latest."
Mr Spens asked Goodman: "How did this voice message from Prince William to Kate Middleton come to be on a micro-cassette?" Goodman replied: "This was originally recorded by Glenn Mulcaire."
Goodman admitted phone hacking and was sentenced in 2007. He denies conspiring to commit misconduct in a public