Phone hacking trial: Coulson authorised payments for monitoring royal aides’ phones

Clive Goodman

Clive Goodman

The London court has heard on Tuesday that former News of the World editor Andy Coulson had agreed to authorise payments to a private detective for monitoring the phones of three aides to the royal family.

An ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman, 56, who was jailed in 2007 in connection to hacking the phones of the senior royal aides, has told the Old Bailey that Mr Coulson approved a fund of £500 a week to Glenn Mulcaire to monitor phones of staff working for Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons.

During the phone hacking trial, the court has heard the phone message of Prince William recorded by Mr Mulcaire regarding William’s arrangement to leave Sandhurst to meet his then girlfriend, Kate Middleton.

The recorded voicemail was found on a micro-cassette in Mr Goodman’s flat.

Mr Goodman was probed about the recording. His lawyer, David Spens QC has asked him regarding the tape dated February 23, 2006: “How did this voice message from Prince William to Kate Middleton come to be on a micro-cassette?”

Mr Goodman has told: “This was originally recorded by Glenn Mulcaire.”

Mr Goodman had admitted phone hacking charges and was sentenced in 2007. However, he denies conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Mr Coulson – Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief, has always denied all the charges against him in the phone hacking investigation. He resigned from the position of editor at NoW after Goodman was jailed in 2007 and is also currently facing the court trial.

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