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Prince Charles and Camilla Warned of Hacking

Ten other members of the royal household also possible victims

Prince Charles | Photo: KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images

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Police have warned Buckingham Palace that they have found evidence that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla may have had their voicemail hacked by the News of the World, reports the Guardian.

According to police records, at least 10 other members of the royal household have now been warned they were targeted for hacking by the recently shuttered tabloid. The BBC also recently reported that the emails which the newspaper’s owner, News International, handed to police in June included evidence that the paper had paid bribes to a royal protection officer in order to obtain private phone numbers for the royal household.

A palace source confirmed to the Guardian that Charles and Camilla had been recently approached by police and told that they had been identified as likely targets of the newspaper’s private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire. It is believed that personal phone details for the two royals have been found among the 11,000 pages of handwritten notes kept by Mulcaire, which were seized by the original Scotland Yard inquiry in August 2006.

Previous police statements identified only five victims, including Prince Harry, Prince Charles, and three other palace staff members. But in response to a Freedom of Information request from the Guardian—which took more than 14 months to fulfill—Scotland Yard revealed that there were 10 possible royal victims, eight of whom were warned at the time of the original police inquiry in 2006, and the other two warned after the Guardian revived the hacking story in July 2009. The palace source suggested that Charles and Camilla had been warned of their involvement only recently.

Paperwork held by the Crown Prosecution Service also showed that the police and prosecutors had deliberately attempted to suppress the names of particularly prominent victims—including members of the royal family—in the evidence presented in the original court case. At the time, the prosecution strategy was only to name royal staff members, not family.