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Princess Diana 'leaked royal phone book to NotW'

Princess Diana leaked information about the Prince of Wales to "an ally" in the press in order to "take on" her estranged husband, former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman told the phone hacking trial.

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Hacking trial: Blair ‘advised on shielding Murdochs'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks how to shield James Murdoch from the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal, the Old Bailey heard today.

In an email exchange between Brooks and Murdoch, Ms Brooks described how Mr Blair advised her on how to launch an independent investigation, with “great and good” types such as Ken MacDonald, and publish a “Hutton Style report” that would “clear” James Murdoch of any wrongdoing.

The email from Ms Brooks to James Murdoch, seen in court. Credit: CPS

She wrote:

“I had an hour onthe phone to Tony Blair. He said:

"1. Form an independent unit that has outside junior council. [...]Get them to investigate me and others and publish a Hutton style report.

"2. Publish one part of the report at the same time as the police closes its inquiry and clear you and accept short comings."

Brooks, 45, denies conspiring to hack phones, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

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