(Reuters) – Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief and a former Rupert Murdoch editor, agreed to fund the hacking of phones of aides to Britain’s Prince William and Harry, a former reporter told a London court on Tuesday.
Clive Goodman, the ex-royal editor of Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid who was jailed in 2007 for hacking the phones of the senior royal aides, said Coulson approved a 500 pound weekly payment to a private detective to tap the voicemails of staff working for Queen Elizabeth’s grandsons.
Goodman told London’s Old Bailey court the deal was agreed initially for two months at the end of 2005.
Coulson, 46, edited the News of the World tabloid at the centre of a phone-hacking scandal for four years and has always denied any knowledge of the practice. He resigned after Goodman was jailed in 2007.