Senior Police Office, Detective Chief Superintendent Philip Williams, from the Metropolitan Police, admitted at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee there is evidence that the mobile phones of Princes William and Harry were hacked into by a News of the World reporter.
When he is asked if he suspected that journalists had hacked into the princes’ mobile phones, Mr Williams replied: “Yes, I think they may well have done. Their voicemails may well have been intercepted.”
Mr. Williams new evidence is part of an inquiry launched this year into press standards, privacy and libel. However. News International, publisher of the News of the World, has always denied allegations of phone-tapping.
But the paper’s royal reporter Clive Goodman was jailed for four months in 2007 for plotting to hack into Royal aides’ voicemails. Also sentenced with him was private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
The newspaper’s editor Andy Coulson resigned in the wake of the affair. Mr Coulson, now director of communications for Conservative leader David Cameron, has already given evidence to the committee admitting that “things went badly wrong” under his editorship.
Assistant Commissioner John Yates who said at the time that police had seen no additional evidence since their last investigation, was asked during yesterday’s hearing if there would be an argument for a fresh look at the case if there were further allegations. He said: “We have always said if fresh evidence was presented we would consider it, but no new evidence has come to light.”
Accordint to DailyMail report: “The Guardian said in July that News Group Newspapers, which publishes titles including the News of the World, paid out more than £1million to settle cases that threatened to reveal evidence of journalists’ alleged involvement in telephone hacking.”
“The Guardian alleged that police officers found evidence of News Group staff using private investigators who had hacked into ‘thousands’ of mobile phones.”