Kate Middleton Voicemails Hacked; Prince William Calls Her "Babykins"

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Kate Middleton voicemails left by then-boyfriend Prince William were hacked by the News of the World, it was revealed at the former editors' trial.

There's nothing salacious, just highly illegal on the since-shuttered newspaper's part ... and cheesy on William's, since he uses the pet name "babykins."

He also mentions that he was nearly shot with blanks at one point. Ouch?

It is the first time the jury has heard that the Duchess of Cambridge's phone had been hacked, and the transcripts were read aloud in the courtroom.

Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are currently on trial with then-royal editor Clive Goodman and four others.

They are accused of various offenses, which they all deny, including conspiracy to illegally hack voicemails from celebrities, Kate Middleton included.

Another infamous example of their apparent success?

Prince William was undergoing officer training in 2006 when he said he "nearly got shot" with blank rounds during a training exercise in Aldershot.

The prince opened one voicemail message to his girlfriend Kate by saying: "Hi baby. Um, sorry, I've just got back in 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."

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When the story was reported in the News of the World the paper said that Prince William had been shot with blanks, even though this did not actually happen.

In another message, the Prince of Wales said he was going "beagling" - hunting with beagles - and invited his future wife to go with him ... ah, courtship.

An unnamed male also left a message for Prince Harry impersonating his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, saying, "You are the best looking ginger I have ever seen."

The message, found at the home of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, added, "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, an aide to the two princes, by Andrew Ritchie, William's commandant at Sandhurst.

It appeared to relate to a story which later appeared in the News of the World about Prince Harry's passing out at a ball with his drunken antics.

It was noted that William was drunk as well, plus he was also sent to bed early and his friend did pretend to be a brigadier, but it "was not that bad."

Could be pretty bad for the disgraced editors once the jury deliberates ... especially in light of last year's scandal over Kate Middleton topless photos.

The couple wasn't getting a break from shady tactics from the press then and they aren't now. Hard to be sympathetic to NOW, whatever its defense is.

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