Kate Middleton's Phone Hacker Complains About His Lack of Privacy — Oh, the Irony
It's normal to be a little Royals-obsessed. (I mean have you seen Prince George? He's too adorable.) But News of the World editor Clive Goodman took things a little too far and hacked Kate Middleton's phone 155 times to listen to her private voicemails. He was jailed in 2007 for this offense, but not before getting to hear private conversations where Prince William called Kate Middleton "babykins."
During his trial yesterday, Goodman admitted that in addition to hacking the Duchess of Cambridge's phone, he tapped into Prince William's phone 35 times and Prince Harry's nine times where he reportedly learned that the younger Prince was a drunk dialer.
"I'm really not the slightest bit proud of this," Goodman said while on the stand, perhaps attempting to appeal to the jury's sympathies. "I don't want anyone to think I'm not ashamed."
But what I'm not sympathetic about is Goodman's regret that his own privacy has been sacrificed. "My entire life has been exposed," he added about the notoriety he's hit since the arrest.
Yes. Kind of like when you spied on a private family and then leaked their voicemail content.
It's a punishment-fits-the-crime kind of situation, and it's also incredibly ironic that Goodman would bring up his own privacy during a hacking trial.
But hey, this is a man who hacked and leaked information about his country's most important family. And only after getting caught did he say he was ashamed, so I can't say I expected any better.