Murdoch UK paper hacked phone of Prince William wife's Kate, court hears

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in central London Dec 18, 2013. Coulson is among eight defendants on trial on various charges related to phone-hacking, illegal payments to officials for stories, and h
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in central London Dec 18, 2013. Coulson is among eight defendants on trial on various charges related to phone-hacking, illegal payments to officials for stories, and hindering police investigations. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Staff working for Rupert Murdoch's defunct British tabloid the News of the World hacked the phone of Kate Middleton, the wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince William, it was revealed in a London court on Thursday.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the Old Bailey that a message from William left on Kate's mobile phone had been discovered at the house of the paper's former royal editor in 2006.

Former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are currently on trial with five others accused of a variety of offences which they all deny, including conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails from mobiles.