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U.K. tabloid trial: Kate Middleton's phone hacked

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 19, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

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Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Natural History Museum in London to attend the screening of David Attenborough's Alive 3D film on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

LONDON — Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were courting were read at Britain's phone hacking trial Thursday — he calls her "babykins" and makes jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise.

But the future king was in no danger: The gun was loaded with blanks, not live ammunition.

The transcripts were read at the trial of seven people, including former senior executives in Rupert Murdoch's U.K. newspaper empire, on charges related to phone hacking and other tabloid misbehavior.

The 2006 recordings reveal the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William, second-in-line to the throne, and Middleton, who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal.

The recorded messages were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, for one of Murdoch's tabloids.

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djigoo says... December 19, 2013 at 2:29 p.m.

FOX fans must be so proud of Murdoch, the man who created the source for their daily thinking orders.

Journalistic integrity fairly oozes from Uncle Rupert. Oh...wait...that's not integrity.

Ick.

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