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  • 19 December 2013, 18:47

Trial Hears Of William's 'Babykins' Call To Kate

Prince William referred to his wife as "Babykins" during phone converstaions and left a high-pitched voice message for his brother pretending to be his girlfriend, it has been revealed.

Transcripts of voicemailsintercepted by journalists on the now defunct News Of The World were read out at the Old Bailey hacking trial.

In one voicemail left for his then girlfriend Kate Middleton, Prince William talks about the embarrassment of nearly being shot after getting lost on a training exercise.

It was also disclosed that Prince Harry's phone was hacked and that Prince William had left a message on it in a high-pitched voice pretending to be Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's then girlfriend, and referring to his younger brother as a "big, hairy, fat ginger".

In one message, read out by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC, the Prince told Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge: "Hi baby. Um, sorry, I've just got back in off my night navigation exercise."

He went on to say: "I had a busy day today again. 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."

Another message said: "My head's all right. I've just picked up your message. Oh, my little babykins! I hope you are all right . I just tried ringing you but I do not thing you would pick it up because it is 5.35am in the morning so it is probably not a very good time to ring you. I hope you are all right."

The "Babykins" nickname appeared in an exclusive by News of the World Royal Editor Clive Goodman on February 12, 2006 which said: "Wills wants the girl he calls 'babykins' to be his princess."

In the prank Prince Harry message, the Duke of Cambridge said: "Hi, it's Chelsy here. I wanted to say I miss you so much and I think you're the most best looking ginger I've ever seen, although you really are quite ugly for a ginger.

"I hope you're having a lovely time. It's lovely out here in Africa and hopefully I'll see you very soon you big, hairy, fat ginger."

Police also discovered a message left for Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a trusted aide to the princes, by Andrew Ritchie, William's commandant at Sandhurst.

The message, found at the home of private investigator GlennMulcaire, said: "Jamie, good morning, it's Andrew Ritchie. I would like to have a chat with you this morning if you could ring me back about an incident at the ball last night. I'm in the office till about 12.30pm and it would great to hear from you before then if possible."

The jury heard that it appeared to relate to a story which later appeared in the News of the World headlined "So Silly Willy" in April 2006.

The story said: "Boozy Prince William and his gang of braying pals outraged guests at Prince Harry's passing out ball with his drunken antics."

Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, and the tabloid's former editor Andy Coulson are accused of conspiring to hack phones between October 3, 2000, and August 9, 2006, along with former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks.

Former News of the World and Sun editor Brooks also faces two counts of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in public office linked to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials.

She also faces two allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, one with her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, and a second with her husband, Charles Brooks, and former News International head of security Mark Hanna.

Coulson is also facing two allegations that he conspired with former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, 56, from Addlestone in Surrey, and other unknown people to commit misconduct in public office.

Jurors were told that news editor Ian Edmondson, who is charged with conspiring to hack phones between October 3, 2000, and August 9, 2006, is "currently unfit" and will take no further part in the trial.

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