Queen Elizabeth II has agreed a “period of transition” in which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend time in Canada and the UK.
The Queen said she was “entirely supportive” of their desire for a new role but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals.
She expected final decisions to be made in the coming days, she said.
Senior royals have been in talks about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s role after they said they wanted to “step back”.
In a statement, Queen Elizabeth said the talks at Sandringham, which also involved the Prince Charles Wales and Prince William, had been “very constructive”.
She said: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
The Queen said it had been agreed there would be “a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK” after Harry and Meghan “made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives”.
She said: “These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
The urgent talks were convened after the Sussexes surprised the rest of the Royal Family on January 8 with a statement expressing their desire to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family”.
Prince Harry and Meghan also said they wanted a “progressive new role” within the institution, where they would be financially independent and divide their time between the UK and North America.
Meanwhile, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau told Global News there had been “no discussions” about the details of the royal couple’s move, including on the issues of security and any potential impact on Canada’s taxpayers.
Although no other family member was consulted about the timing of the announcement, Prince Harry and Meghan said it came after “many months of reflection and internal discussions”.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke of the difficulties of royal life and media attention in recent months, with the duke saying he feared his wife would fall victim to “the same powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death.
The talks about their future took place as Prince Harry and Prince William issued a joint statement denying “false claims” that their relationship had been damaged by “bullying” on the part of the older brother.
They said that the “inflammatory language” in the claims was “offensive” and “potentially harmful”, given their support for mental health causes.
The meeting at the Queen’s estate in Norfolk – being described as the ‘Sandringham summit’ – will be the first time the monarch has come face-to-face with Prince Harry since the Sussexes’ announcement, which was posted on their official Instagram account.
The Royal Family was said to be “hurt” at the couple’s statement. It is understood the Queen was not consulted in advance of their decision.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, William and Harry are expected to review a range of possibilities for the Sussexes, taking into account plans outlined by the couple.
If a deal is agreed in the coming days, there is a general understanding that it will take some time to implement.
Prince Charles is currently in Oman, after travelling overnight to attend the first of three days of official condolences following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
Former President Barack Obama has been interviewed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4.
Prince Harry, the fifth in line to the UK’s throne, is one of several prominent figures who are guest-editing Today program over Christmas period.
Barack Obama warned against the irresponsible use of social media and how such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation.
The former president expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views.
He said: “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.
“The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground.”
President Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Barack Obama did not mention him by name.
Donald Trump has been accused of overusing Twitter and following only a narrow range of users, though he maintains it allows him to connect directly with the American people.
Barack Obama suggested face-to-face contact would help counteract extreme views.
He said: “Social media is a really powerful tool for people of common interests to convene and get to know each other and connect.
“But then it’s important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighborhood and get to know each other.
“Because the truth is that on the internet, everything is simplified and when you meet people face-to-face it turns out they’re complicated.”
The former president added: “It’s hard, being in the public eye is unpleasant in a lot of ways. It is challenging in a lot of ways.
“Your loved ones are made vulnerable in ways that might not have been true 20 years ago or 30 years ago.
“So it is a sacrifice that I think everybody has to be at peace with when they decide to go into politics. But, ultimately, I think the rewards of bringing about positive change in this world make it worthwhile.”
Barack Obama pays tribute to the support of his family, especially his wife Michelle, describing how glad he is that she was “my partner throughout that whole process”.
He compared his time in office to being a relay runner: “If you ran hard, you did your best and you were able to pass that baton successfully and the world was a little better then you had done your job.”
He cited ObamaCare – ensuring more people can afford basic healthcare – as a major achievement.
“What an enormous blessing it is to say that 20 million Americans have health insurance that didn’t have it before.”
Prince Harry’s program focused on issues such as the armed forces, mental health, youth crime and climate change.
After the service, Meghan Markle joined members of the family in greeting the crowds.
According to specialists, if royal tradition from previous years was followed, the family will have exchanged presents on Christmas Eve and awoken to a stocking of small gifts and fruit at the end of their beds.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip also attended an early Holy Communion service at the church.
They will return home for a traditional turkey lunch, before watching the Queen’s speech together.
This year, the Queen will pay tribute to London and Manchester for the manner in which they dealt with this year’s terror attacks, as well as praising Prince Phillip for his support in the year of the couple’s 70th wedding anniversary.
Sydney will host the 2018 Invictus Games for injured, wounded and sick armed forces veterans, Prince Harry has announced.
The prince confirmed the chosen city in a video message, which ended with the backing of pop star Kylie Minogue.
The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style multi-sport event ranging from archery and wheelchair rugby to road cycling and swimming.
The event began in London in 2014 and visited Orlando, Florida, in May ahead of Toronto in 2017.
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In the video message, Prince Harry said: “We have raised the bar higher with each successive games. I am happy to say the Invictus Games journey won’t end there.”
The prince said the competition had “shown us what can be achieved when wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women rediscover their fighting spirit through sport”.
He has been heavily involved in the organization of the event, after attending the Warrior Games, a similar gathering held in the US.
Prince Harry himself served 10 years in the Armed Forces and saw action in Afghanistan twice.
The video message, filmed at the Tourism Australia offices in Australia House, London, shows Prince Harry’s mobile phone ringing to the sound of the Kylie Minogue hit I Should Be So Lucky.
Prince Harry, surrounded by members of the Australian military, announces to cheers that the caller is Kylie.
He says: “Hi Kylie, good timing, the 2018 Invictus Games is coming to Sydney, can I guarantee the Aussies are going to bring it?”
In her own video message in reply, Kylie Minogue says: “Hey Prince Harry, listen – we’re stoked the Invictus Games is coming to Sydney, but you don’t need to tell the Aussies to bring it – it’s guaranteed, no worries.”
Prince Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation which oversees the delivery of the tournament, said Sydney was chosen because it is an iconic location with a proud military heritage and a population that is “absolutely sports mad”.
The 2018 Invictus Games are set to take place in New South Wales from October18-29.
Prince Harry has confirmed Suits star Meghan Markle is his girlfriend, in a statement from Kensington Palace attacking the media for subjecting the actress to a “wave of abuse and harassment”.
It said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were “a few months into a relationship” and it was “not right” that the actress should be subjected to such treatment.
The statement said the prince rarely took formal action over “fictional stories”.
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“But the past week has seen a line crossed,” it added.
In recent days a number of newspapers have carried front page stories about Meghan Markle, best known for playing Rachel Zane in Suits.
The statement issued by Prince Harry’s communications secretary said: “His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.
“Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.
“Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.”
Prince Harry, 32, has long had an uneasy relation with the press, having grown up aware of the impact that intense media intrusion had on the life of his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales.
The statement said Prince Harry was worried about Meghan Markle’s safety and that he “is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her”.
It added: “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.
“He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.”
The statement ended with Prince Harry appealing for “those in the press who have been driving this story [to] pause and reflect before any further damage is done”.
Prince Harry had a Cinderella moment with a little girl during his visit to New Zealand on May 15.
Kensington Palace shared on Instagram the sweet moment.
The picture shows how Harry, 30, proves to be a true Prince Charming as he kneels down with the girl’s shoe and is ready to help her put it back on.
The young New Zealander had Prince Harry bending down to help her with her shoe which had fallen off.
The adorable moment came just days after Prince Harry admitted that he would love to settle down and start a family, adding it would be great to have someone to “share the pressure” of royal life with.
Prince Harry is currently on tour in New Zealand, following a month-long Army secondment in Australia, and has been larking around as he visits local charities and trusts.
Prince Harry got a traditional Maori welcome during his visit to New Zealand.
The royal arrived in New Zealand for a week-long tour of the country.
Prince Harry flew in from Australia after a month of training with the country’s armed forces, meeting injured soldiers and Aboriginal communities.
New Zealand’s PM John Key greeted the prince as he landed in Wellington.
Prince Harry then went on to a ceremony at the National War Memorial in the capital where he laid a wreath.
John Key tweeted: “Great to welcome Prince Harry to New Zealand on a brilliant Wellington day.”
The prime minster also tweeted pictures of the “fantastic crowd” waiting for Prince Harry as well as a puppy that the prime minister brought along to welcome him.
Kensington Palace tweeted a picture of Prince Harry watching a powhiri – a Maori welcoming ritual – followed by a haka.
He was treated to the ceremonial welcome on the lawn in front of Government House, the home of the Governor General Jerry Mateparae and his wife Janine.
Performed by members of the New Zealand armed forces, the powhiri started with a wero, an ancient tradition to determine whether visitors come in peace.
At the house he was invited to hongi, where he clasped hands and pressed his nose up against the people he met.
Prince Harry also saw a mass haka by students from a local college and was given a 21-gun salute.
The fifth in line to the British throne then met school children, one of whom presented him with a card for his new-born niece, Princess Charlotte.
Harry tucked the envelope into his suit pocket and told her: “I won’t open it, I’ll keep it safe and I’ll make sure she gets it.”
He also visited the National War Memorial Park and paid his respects at its Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Prince Harry left a note on a wreath laid during his visit to the memorial park, which read: “In memory of all those who have paid the ultimate price and in grateful recognition of those who have served NZ.”
He also inspected a guard of honor made up of members of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Army Logistic Regiment, and the Air Force before watching a rugby game between Wellington’s Hurricanes and South Africa’s Durban-based Sharks.
The week-long visit is the first Prince Harry has made to New Zealand and throughout the trip he is expected to be given a broad introduction to Kiwi culture and society, including visiting the country’s most southern and very remote community on Stewart Island.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s new baby daughter has been visited by family members at Kensington Palace.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa also met the princess.
The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was delivered at 08:34 BST on May 2nd at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).
Prince William and Kate Middleton will spend the next few days at Kensington Palace; afterwards they are expected to travel to their country home Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world. It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.
“Their Royal Highnesses were visited by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, and Pippa Middleton.”
Prince Harry, who narrowly missed the princess’s birth after returning to Australia to finish his secondment to the country’s military, said she was “absolutely beautiful” and he could not wait to meet her.
The name of the newborn princess – sister to Prince George – will not be announced on Sunday, May 3rd.
Bookmakers say Charlotte and Alice have emerged as the favorite names for the princess, followed by Olivia, Victoria and Elizabeth.
Emma Watson took to Twitter on February 22 to deny she is dating Prince Harry.
Rumors of the royal and Harry Potter actress’ dating began last week in the Australian publication Women’s Day.
The magazine claimed Prince Harry had “found love” with Emma Watson after they supposedly went on “secret dates”.
The publication also alleged Prince Harry initiated the romance after hearing Emma Watson had split with ex-boyfriend Matthew Janney.
Women’s Day went on to describe one of their alleged dates, and quoted an “insider” as saying Prince Harry is “smitten” with Emma Watson.
According to Emma Watson, the claims just aren’t true and she tweeted: “WORLD ♥ Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!”
Emma Watson seems to be referring to the numerous false stories about her that have emerged over the years, including the wrongly repeated rumors that claimed she would star in the just-released Fifty Shades of Grey.
Prince Harry has confessed his fears before making speeches and being anxious when he enters a room full of people.
The royal was speaking in a video as part of a campaign run by his Sentebale charity to help reduce the stigma associated with HIV.
The “Feel No Shame” films are being released to mark World AIDS Day.
Nicole Scherzinger, Paloma Faith, and Gemma Arterton have also made videos confessions.
In his message, Prince Harry said: “My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience.
“And despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I’m wearing a suit.”
The prince co-founded Sentebale in 2006 in Lesotho after travelling around the southern African country. It has the third highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world and many children and young adults have the disease themselves, or have lost parents to it.
The campaign aims to encourage people with HIV to seek medical support and education about their condition, and prevent the virus from spreading.
Dressed in a sweatshirt, Prince Harry added: “Now I’ve confessed that, I’ll probably be even more worried that people are looking at me, but thank you very much everyone who is taking part.”
Prince Harry launched the campaign in another video and asked members of the public to share their own secrets via social media in exchange for his confession.
He said: “To show our support for the children of Lesotho, and help reduce the stigma for all those affected by HIV, we are turning this World Aids Day into a day in which no-one should feel any shame about their secrets.
“Together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve, the childhood so many of us take for granted.”
Prince Harry is dating former Miss Edinburgh Camilla Thurlow after meeting her through one of Princess Diana’s favorite charities, The Halo Trust, Us Weekly reported.
Camilla Thurlow, 25, was spotted on August 23 accompanying Prince Harry on a luxury yacht holiday this week in St Tropez with some friends. They are traveling with pal Ben Goldsmith and his model financée Jemima Jones.
An insider claims Prince Harry is thinking about settling down and the trip was to “partly to celebrate Harry’s 30th birthday which is just weeks away”.
Prince Harry is dating former Miss Edinburgh Camilla Thurlow
Last month, Prince Harry was first spotted kissing Camilla Thurlow at a nightclub. They allegedly “stayed in touch via text after the first night they kissed”.
Camilla Thurlow holds a first class honors degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University.
Prince Harry’s new love interest works as a project officer for The Halo Trust, a UK non-profit which was once a project close to the heart of the prince’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Harry became patron of the mine clearance charity in March.
Camilla Thurlow was crowned Miss Edinburgh when she was 19.
Kensington Palace had no comment on the romantic getaway.
The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales (Old Bailey) in London has heard today that former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times.
The phone-hacking trial was told Clive Goodman first hacked Kate Middleton’s voicemail in December 2005.
Clive Goodman also hacked Prince William 35 times and Prince Harry on nine occasions.
Clive Goodman hacked Kate Middleton’s phone 155 times (photo Getty Images)
This is the first time the jury has heard of a royal’s phone being hacked.
Clive Goodman, who denies conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, previously said he only hacked aides.
He 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 Old Bailey to resume giving evidence after a long period away due to illness.
The court heard how Clive Goodman hacked Kate 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 August 7, 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.
Clive Goodman 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 Clive Goodman hacked Michael Fawcett, a trusted aide of Prince Charles, 35 times.
Clive Goodman had not been in court since the end of March after he was declared unfit to carry on. The trial continued in his absence.
The judge told the jury he had been “ill”, but the court was given a report from an independent medical expert declaring him “now fit” to continue.
He also told the jury that he had “no alternative” but to keep them waiting because medical assessments were continually being submitted.
Clive Goodman will be allowed more time than usual to give the remainder of his evidence because medical experts have advised he may get tired more quickly.
The jury previously heard that the former royal editor of the now-defunct tabloid had undergone a minor heart procedure during the trial.
Clive Goodman, of Addlestone, Surrey, was convicted of phone hacking in 2006.
Appearing on Wednesday in the witness box, with a small bandage over his left hand, he was asked what he knew about phone hacking before January 2005, when he said he had been told about it by a colleague.
Before then, the News of the World colleague had passed pieces of information to Clive Goodman for stories. But the defendant said he never knew where it came from.
According to new reports, Prince Harry is planning to meet up with Cressida Bonas in the hope of rekindling their two-year long romance.
The 29-year-old royal is back in the UK after spending the weekend in the US for his best friend Guy Pelly’s wedding.
Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry split two weeks ago
According to Prince Harry’s close friends, he is planning to meet up with Cressida Bonas “imminently”, Vanity Fair reported.
Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry split two weeks ago. She was upset that she was not invited to a bachelors’ party in Miami, and told Prince Harry she wasn’t prepared to fly to America for a bash she wasn’t invited to. The argument soon escalated and resulted in Cressida Bonas calling off the romance.
However, according to the couple’s inner circle, Prince Harry is desperate for a rapprochement and spent most of the wedding weekend talking about Cressida Bonas and sending her text messages.
This week Prince Harry had decided to part ways after a solid two-year relationship with Cressida Bonas.
And Prince Harry has wasted no time getting back to his single life.
A blue-blooded, blond, leggy former model, Cressida Bonas had all the makings of a princess. But it was not to be.
Born in February 1989, Cressy, as she is known to friends, is the daughter of Jeffrey Bonas and Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon. She has one sister and three half-siblings from her mother’s first marriage.
Cressida Bonas studied dance at the University of Leeds but is also known to have tried her hand at stage acting. She has been pictured frequenting music festivals and is said to love partying on the dance floor.
It is believed that Princess Eugenie was the one to introduce Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry in June 2012
It’s believed that Princess Eugenie, who is a mutual and close friend to both, was the one to introduce Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry in June 2012.
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas were first photographed together after the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 before hitting clubs and theaters together later that year.
As a couple, Cressida Bonas and Prince Harry were low-key and rarely gave the press a chance to catch them together.
They had a bumpy and sometimes turbulent relationship: Prince Harry was pictured partying in Miami in 2012, which is said to have temporarily put the brakes on their romance. But the pair managed to patch things up and got more serious than ever.
Cressida Bonas is said to have been unhappy at the amount of attention given to her by the press and overwhelmed at the possibility of becoming a royal.
When it was announced, Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas split surprised even the most avid royal-watchers.
“Nobody had any idea that this was coming,” Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty magazine, told PEOPLE magazine.
“She was moving into her new flat and getting on with her life. I thought they were very happy together.”
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas have split up after less than two years of relationship.
According to reports, the break-up was “said to be <<amicable>> and they remain <<the best of friends>>”.
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas’ attendance at their first official engagement together in March had prompted engagement speculation.
They sat together and embraced in the stands at Wembley Arena at a We Day UK charity event.
Speculation had since mounted that Prince Harry would pop the question with his 30th birthday looming.
News of the split came as Clarence House announced Prince Harry would embark on a three-day official visit to Estonia and Italy next month.
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas have split up after less than two years of relationship (photo Mirror.co.uk)
The trip, from 16 to 19 May, will see Prince Harry meet a range of servicemen from World War Two veterans to serving military personnel.
Prince Harry, 29, and Cressida Bonas, 25, were reportedly introduced by Princess Eugenie in the summer of 2012.
It was not long after their meeting that photographs of Prince Harry partying with a group of girls in a Las Vegas hotel room were front-page news across the world.
The couple then endured a five-month separation when the prince was deployed to fly Apache helicopters with the British army in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas’ relationship resumed when he returned and the pair were often photographed together attending various events, like the Glastonbury music festival and a society wedding.
According to the Daily Telegraph, it was unwanted media attention and engagement speculation that led to the pair’s split, while the Press Association reported the couple decided to go their separate ways to allow Cressida Bonas to focus on her career.
Cressida Bonas completed a year-long contemporary dance course at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, south London, last year, before securing a marketing job in the city’s West End.
She is the daughter of Old Harrovian businessman Jeffrey Bonas and Sixties “It girl” Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon.
News of the split coincided with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third wedding anniversary.
Prince William and Kate Middleton famously broke up for several months four years before they married in 2011.
On Tuesday, Prince Harry visited Tedworth House in Tidworth, Wiltshire, where he met 25 athletes hoping to take part in the Paralympics-style Invictus Games.
Prince Harry’s most serious previous girlfriend was Zimbabwe-born Chelsy Davy. They had an on-off relationship while Prince Harry was training in the Army and overseas, and while Chelsy Davy was at university in her home country.
A voicemail message left by Prince Harry was hacked by the News of the World, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales has heard.
The Old Bailey’s jury was shown a transcript of the hacked message to an aide asking for help with an essay while the prince was at Sandhurst military academy.
The 2005 document was one kept by former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, who denies misconduct in public office.
Clive Goodman is one of eight people who deny a series of charges at the trial of former News of the World journalists.
He was jailed for phone hacking in 2007 and subsequently dismissed.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the court that documents from Clive Goodman’s employment case against News International had recently become available after he waived his legal privilege.
Clive Goodman kept the documents as evidence to show that what he had done had been sanctioned at a high level of the News of the World, Andrew Edis said.
The first document shown to the jury was a transcript of a voicemail message Prince Harry left on the mobile phone of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, an ex-SAS man serving as his private secretary, asking for information about the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London.
The transcript included the words: “Just wondering if you have any info at all on siege on the Iranian embassy because I need to write an essay quite quickly on that. I need some inf. Have most of the stuff but if you have extra.”
A voicemail message left by Prince Harry was hacked by the News of the World
Andrew Edis told the jury that the voicemail came to the attention of Clive Goodman, who was interested in it as a potential allegation of misconduct to do with essay writing against Prince Harry.
The prince was at Sandhurst doing his officer training when the events took place around December 2005.
The message was accessed by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed for phone hacking along with Clive Goodman and has admitted further phone-hacking charges.
The court heard there were discussions between Clive Goodman and his boss, then News of the World editor Andy Coulson, in which they decided not to refer to the siege in their newspaper’s story as it would be “too precise to get through unnoticed”.
Andrew Edis said: “It means that if they say that what he was asking about was information about the Iranian Embassy siege, everyone would know that they hacked his voicemail because obviously Harry and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton both knew that this voicemail was sent and received.”
He suggested to the jury that the reason Clive Goodman had kept the emails was because of his arrest.
Clive Goodman’s prosecution caused Andy Coulson, 45, who denies charges including conspiracy to phone hack, and others at News International to be “extremely worried about what Goodman would do, or say, in the course of defending himself”.
Andrew Edis continued: “We can see that they had every reason to be worried.”
The court heard that concern about keeping Clive Goodman “on-board” was also felt by former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks who was at this time, in May 2007, editor of the Sun.
Andrew Edis told the jury about an email exchange between Rebekah Brooks and Clive Goodman in which she offered him a job on the Sun, shortly after he had been released from prison.