Princess Diana gave phone-hacking trial defendant Clive Goodman Royal phone directories, court hears

Evidence: Princess Diana

A Royal phone directory possessed by a defendant in the phone-hacking trial came from Princess Diana, a court heard today.

Clive Goodman, the former Royal editor of the News of the World, denied prosecution claims that he had bribed corrupt police officers to secure the contact details of senior members of the Royal family, stating instead that the princess had given them to him in order to demonstrate that large numbers of the Royal household were against her.

Goodman, who is charged with conspiracy to corrupt public officials, told the jury that a 1992 Royal telephone directory was given to him by Princess Diana because she wanted him to see the scale of her husband Prince Charles' household and she was going through a difficult time.

The evidence has the potential to re-ignite the debate about Diana's treatment by the Royals after she divorced Prince Charles in 1996.

Full report to follow on the phone-hacking trial blog

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