Private voicemail messages left by Prince William for his now-wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were heard in court on Thursday (19Dec13) as part of a lawsuit over Britain's News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
The recorded messages date back to 2006, when the couple was just boyfriend and girlfriend, and were taken from Catherine's cell phone by a private investigator working on behalf of the disgraced tabloid.
Two of the voicemails from William were read out at London's Old Bailey courthouse, confirming for the first time longrunning rumours suggesting the royals had been among the victims targeted by the private eye.
In one message, the prince revealed he almost put himself in the line of fire during a military training course in Aldershot, England, saying, "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."
The second voicemail featured a brief greeting from William, who referred to Catherine as "babykins".
A phone message hacked from the phone of William's brother, Prince Harry, was also revealed as evidence in the high-profile 'phone hacking' trial arising out of the scandal that closed the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid in 2011.
It is alleged some senior staff at the newspaper commissioned a private investigator to access cell phones of the rich and famous to listen to their voicemail messages.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, and six other former Murdoch staff are on trial over the scandal.
They deny all charges. The trial continues.