LONDON -Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times, a court has heard.

The phone-hacking trial was told Mr Goodman first hacked the now-Duchess of Cambridge’s voicemail in December 2005. He also hacked Prince William 35 times and Prince Harry on nine occasions. This is the first time the jury has heard of a royal’s phone being hacked. Mr Goodman, who denies conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, previously said he only hacked aides.

Mr Goodman is one of seven defendants, including ex-News of the World editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, on trial at the Old Bailey. They all deny the charges against them. He returned to the trial to resume giving evidence after a long period away due to illness. The court heard how Mr Goodman hacked Ms Middleton on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 2005 - more than five years before she married Prince William. He also hacked her on 7 August 2006, the day before he was arrested over allegations of phone hacking. Prince William’s voicemail was first intercepted in late January 2006, the court heard. This was the first time that the jury has heard that a mobile belonging to Prince William was hacked.  Mr Goodman, 56, denied he had ‘forgotten’ about targeting the young royals when he said in evidence earlier in the trial that he had only hacked aides working for the royals. The jury was also told that Mr Goodman hacked Michael Fawcett, a trusted aide of Prince Charles, 35 times. Upon his return to the witness box, he was accused of being more heavily involved in phone hacking than was previously heard.