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Kate Middleton, family victims of hacking?

Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and her family may have been victims of the phone hacking scandal involving the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a report said.

world Updated: Jul 25, 2011 00:58 IST

Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and her family may have been victims of the phone hacking scandal involving the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a report said.

The Duchess of Cambridge, her family and many members of the Royal household with close connections to senior royals have been targeted and the extent of the hacking within royal circles was much more widespread than originally thought, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

The initial probe into phone-hacking identified only five victims — Prince William, Prince Harry and three royal aides — targeted by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the News of the World’s former royal editor Clive Goodman.

Royal aides have confirmed that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have recently been approached by the police in connection with the latest investigation, thus leading to suspicion that the Middletons were also targeted.

It is believed that Mulcaire and Goodman also accessed the voicemails of many more royal officials and members, the newspaper said.

A source said: “It’s much more widespread than was known at the time and it involved a lot more people and a lot more hacking at all levels. If they [Mulcaire and Goodman] have targeted Prince William and Prince Harry, you can assume they targeted their friends and immediate family.”