Kate Middleton and Prince William are spending this week hearing all about their private voice messages in 2006. According to a Dec. 19 Us Weekly report, private messages from the Duke of Cambridge to his then-girlfriend were played in the courtroom during the trial of British tabloid, News of the World.
The Duke and Duchess were among several victims of the disgraced tabloid. In the private messages played during the phone hacking trial, the world learned the Duke’s nickname for Middleton; “Babykins.” Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC read transcripts of calls and voicemails between the royal couple.
“Babykins, just tried ringing you, hope you’re alright,” the Duke said in a message to his then girlfriend.
E! News reports that this is the first time the jury has learned that Middleton’s phone was hacked. Another nickname? “Baby.” “Hi baby, it’s me,” the Duke says in another message. “Sorry I’ve just got back in off my night navigation exercise, I think I missed you by about ten minutes.”
In one of the messages, the Duke of Cambrige reveals that he nearly got shot by blank rounds during his Sandhurst training. “Hi baby. Um, sorry, I've just got back off my night navigation exercise. I've been running around the woods of Aldershot chasing shadows and getting horribly lost, and I walked into some other regiment's ambush, which was slightly embarrassing because I nearly got shot. Not by live rounds, but by blank rounds, which would have been very embarrassing, though.”
According to UK’s Daily Mirror, the jury heard about eight messages recorded by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
The transcripts were read out as part of the prosecution’s evidence against Clive Goodman, the royal editor from the former English tabloid.