Prince William’s Private Messages Go Public

prince12Photo: REX USA/Jonathan Hordle.
We bet Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ears were burning earlier today. Transcripts of their private voicemails were read out loud during the trial against former British tabloid News of the World. According to The Guardian, these transcripts were uncovered in 2006, but have never been made public.
In one message, the prince left an update on his day and called his then-girlfriend “babykins” (aww); in another, he mentioned he might send her a “cheeky message” (no word on whether that one was leaked). He also left plans for sneaking away from his military academy so the two could meet at her parents’ house. But, not all the correspondence was lovey-dovey: During one call, he told her about the time he “nearly got shot” during an army training exercise.
Perhaps most surprising? It turns out that Prince Harry isn’t the only prankster in the royal family. William once left his brother a voicemail in falsetto, pretending to be his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, calling his kid brother a “big, fat hairy ginger.” Harsh, Wills.
These references all appeared as exclusive stories in Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World (which folded in 2011). Until now, it was thought that the newspaper had only tapped the phones of the royal household staff. But, as today’s trial showed, even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fell victim.
So far, jurors have sent at least two people involved in the hacking — including its formal royal editor, Clive Goodman, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator used by the paper — to jail.
As cringe-worthy as it is to imagine anyone’s private messages going public, it is sweet to get a rare glimpse into the exclusive world of royalty (and, hey, at least there wasn’t a sexting scandal). Daily updates, cheesy nicknames, sibling banter — sound familiar? Royals: They’re just like us! (The Guardian)

More from News

Chrissy Teigen confirms that her life is just too too cute
The actor will not be attending a screening of the film Voyage of Time this evening. Though he narrates the documentary film, Pitt says he will not be ...
Two weeks ago, Nick Gordon was found responsible for the 2015 death of one-time girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her ...
You could spend all day critiquing the media for the lack of compelling content created by and starring women. But why not put the kind of female-centric...
Just when we thought we couldn't handle any more Hollywood romances ending, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber broke up. "Over the past few months we've ...
Viola Davis wants people to rethink what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault. In a speech benefitting the Rape Foundation, the How to Get Away ...
We've been waiting for this news ever since President Obama announced that the White House would host South by South Lawn. The official lineup is here, ...
Dusty Rose Levine 9/21/16 A photo posted by Adam Levine (@adamlevine) on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:40pm PDT Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Levine have ...
Update: Marion Cotillard's longtime partner, Guillaume Canet, has also weighed in on the Pitt-Jolie divorce rumors. In a post on Instagram, he wrote a long...
Fact: When a woman turns 30, she can do whatever the fuck she wants. To be sure, a woman can do just about anything just about anytime she wants. The ...
Last month, Star Wars star Daisy Ridley abruptly quit Instagram. The internet assumed that online bullying spurred her departure, because, well, the ...
Kylie Jenner has been summoned for questioning in a lawsuit against Tyga, TMZ reports. Before October 6, Jenner will appear for examination in a case ...
Pharrell Williams, the man responsible for "Happy," the song that would not go away, is expecting another child with his wife, Helen Lasichanh, E! Online...
Think about your nineteenth birthday. Perhaps it was not as special as your eighteenth birthday, but still a good birthday. You're an adult. Maybe you're...