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Phone-hacking trial: Prince Harry message 'was hacked'

A voicemail message left by Prince Harry was hacked by the News of the World, the Old Bailey has heard.

The jury was shown a transcript of the hacked message to an aide asking for help with an essay while the prince was ay Sandhurst military academy. The 2005 document was one kept by former NoW royal editor Clive Goodman, who denies misconduct in public office.

He is one of eight people who deny a series of charges at the trial of former News of the World journalists. Goodman was jailed for phone hacking in 2007 and subsequently dismissed.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the court that documents from Goodman's employment case against News International had recently become available after he waived his legal privilege. Goodman kept the documents as evidence to show that what he had done had been sanctioned at a high level of the NoW, Mr Edis said. The first document shown to the jury was a transcript of a voicemail message Prince Harry left on the mobile phone of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, an ex-SAS man serving as his private secretary.

The transcript included the words: "Just wondering if you have any info at all on siege on the Iranian embassy because I need to write an essay quite quickly on that.I need some inf. Have most of the stuff but if you have extra.

" Mr Edis told the jury that the voicemail came to the attention of Goodman, who was interested in it as a potential allegation of misconduct to do with essay writing against Prince Harry. The prince was at Sandhurst doing his officer training when the events took place around December 2005.


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