Brit Tabloid Detective Spied on Prince

Ex-cop stalked more than 100 people for Rupert Murdoch newspaper
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 2:30 AM CST
Brit Tabloid Detective Spied on Prince
Prince William and wife Kate talk to the press.   (AP Photo/PA, Rui Vieira)

It turns out Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hired detectives to spy on more than 100 people, including Prince William. The newspaper assigned an ex-cop to tail the prince for several days, even as the tabloid was being investigated for hacking into William's voice mail in 2006, reports the Telegraph. The former Bobby also stalked Prince Harry's former girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, and the parents of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliff. “Because I kept getting results for them, they employed my services more and more," private detective Derek Webb told the BBC.

Prince William is carefully following developments in the probe of the troubled tabloid that was shut down over the summer as editors' phone-hacking operations came to light. "Given that the News of the World bugged the phones of members of the royal household, nothing about what they were up to surprises us any more," said a royal insider. (More Prince William stories.)

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