A journalist on trial in Britain’s phone hacking scandal testified that Princess Diana provided him with information on the royals as part of her feud with her estranged husband, Prince Charles.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman said Diana (who died in a car crash in 1997) handed over the data after her separation from Charles, when she was going through a “very, very difficult time” and was looking for media support.
Goodman said the 1992 phone directory Diana sent to his office gave him numerous staff contacts and telephone numbers that were helpful in his reporting on the royal family.
“She felt she was being swamped by people close to his household. She was looking for an ally to take him on — to show there were forces that would rage against him,” Goodman said.
Goodman, 56, has been linked to the phone hacking scandal since his first arrest in 2006 for suspected entry into voice mails of royal aides. He was briefly jailed in 2007. He is on trial now for two counts of alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, which he denies.
Rupert Murdoch shut down the News of the World tabloid in 2011 after the scope of the scandal became known.
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