Prosecutor: Hacking reporters targeted UK princes

November 1, 2013 • Entertainment

FILE – This combination of Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 file photos shows former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie Brooks, left image, and former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as they arrive at The Old Bailey law court in London. On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a prosecutor in Britain’s phone hacking trial revealed that Rebekah Brooks and Coulson — the two most senior U.K. tabloid editors accused of illegal eavesdropping and bribery — had a secret affair lasting at least six years. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON (AP) — A prosecutor gave jurors juicy details of tabloid misbehavior at Britain’s phone hacking trial on Friday, describing how journalists targeted celebrities, government ministers and even Princes William and Harry.

The never-ending demand for royal stories at Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids led employees to hack voicemail messages left by the princes, target senior aides and pay thousands of pounds for a photo of Prince William in a bikini, prosecutor Andrew Edis said.

Journalists at Murdoch’s News of the World routinely used phone hacking to back up tips and find evidence for stories, he said — using a “perfectly rational but entirely illegal system.”

In three days of opening statements, Edis has taken the jury at London’s Central Criminal Court on a methodical Login to read more

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