March 14, 2014 at 7:51 AM ET
Princess Diana leaked a royal phone book to a tabloid editor as a way to seek revenge on her estranged husband, Prince Charles, according to the latest testimony to emerge in a London phone hacking trial.
The editor, Clive Goodman of the now-defunct News of the World, testified that Princess Diana sent an internal phone directory to his office and then followed up with a phone call to make sure he received it.
"She wanted me to see the scale of her husband's staff and household, compared to other royals,” Goodman said in court. “She felt she was being swamped by his people."
Goodman said the princess was looking for allies in the public affairs war being waged at the time over her marriage so she befriended him and other journalists to spite her husband. Diana and Prince Charles eventually divorced in 1996, a year before she died in a car crash.
The revelation is the latest to emerge in the trial of Goodman and numerous News of the World editors accused of phone hacking and other offenses while working for the former newspaper owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.