Prince William’s pet nickname for Kate Middleton before the couple were married was “Babykins”, the jury in the Old Bailey hacking trial heard yesterday.
Transcripts of intimate messages between the royal couple were read out in court. They were discovered by detectives investigating hacking allegations against the now-defunct News of the World.
William, who left the messages while he was training at Sandhurst military academy, calls his future wife “Babykins” and “Baby”, tries to arrange to meet up, and also tells her that he would love to see her if it is not too late or she is busy at the gym.
In one message, sent after he has finished training, William tells her he nearly got shot in an ambush on an exercise.
The story appeared in the News of the World – “William shot in ambush” – in January 2006.
In a voicemail read out by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC, William starts by saying “Hi baby” adding: “I had a busy day today again.
“I’ve been running around the woods of Aldershot chasing shadows and getting terribly lost, and I walked into some other regiment’s ambush, which was slightly embarrassing because I nearly got shot. Not by live rounds but by blank rounds, which would be very embarrassing though.
“Um, er, yeah, I’m off on exercise tomorrow morning, just for the day, and then I’m back on Saturday first thing, erm, so I probably won’t be able to speak to you tomorrow night.”
He then told her he might send her “a cheeky text message” because he might have his phone with him before signing off: “All right, baby, lots of love, um, speak to you soon. Bye bye.”
Among the details of the voicemails discovered by detectives at the home of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was a call from William in which he said: “My head’s all right. I’ve just picked up your message. Oh, my little babykins! I hope you are all right.”
Former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial with then royal editor Clive Goodman and four others others accused of a number of offences, which they all deny, including conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails.