Former Editor Admits to Hacking Phones of Prince William & Kate Middleton 200 Times

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By Vittorio Hernandez | May 15, 2014 9:35 AM EST

A former editor of News of the World admitted on Wednesday at the Old Bailey court in London that he hacked the phones of British royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton 200 times to get stories.

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive with their son Prince George at Sydney Airport April 16, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George flew from New Zealand to Australia, where they will now spend nine days touring the country. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Clive Goodman said he hacked Kate's mobile phone 155 times and Prince William's 35 times. He also hacked Prince Harry's cellular phone 9 times.

Goodman has a record of conviction in 2007 for illegal access to the voicemails of royal aides.

Middleton frequently changed her PIN numbers to access her voicemails, but Goodman still managed to hack her phone on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2006 and on Aug 7, 2006 which led to Goodman's arrest.

He hacked Prince William's phone in late January 2007.

The hearings are part of the police reopening of the News of the World phone-hacking incidents in 2011 which led newspaper owner Rupert Murdoch to shutter the 168-year-old daily.

Besides Goodman, also accused of phone hacking are Andy Coulson, another former editor of the newspaper who became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, and Rebekah Brooks, also a former editor.

Goodman,. 56, admitted to hacking the royals after he got assurance from the Crown Prosecution Service that he would not face further action over hacking.

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive with their son Prince George at Sydney Airport April 16, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George flew from New Zealand to Australia, where they will now spend nine days touring the country. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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