Princess Diana gave a tabloid editor a directory of royal phone numbers to get back at her then-husband Prince Charles, the former editor said in court Thursday.

Reuters reported that Clive Goodman, the former royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's now defunct British tabloid the News of the World, said the confidential directory -- containing numbers of senior members of Britain's royal household -- was delivered to the newspaper's offices in 1992, when Diana was reportedly becoming increasingly bitter about her husband.

Goodman is on trial in London for allegedly making illegal payments to police officers to obtain telephone directories of the royal household. He was jailed in 2007 for accessing the voicemails of mobile phones belonging to senior royal aides.

Police reportedly found 15 royal directories at Goodman's home in 2006.

Asked where a "green book" directory dating from 1992 had come from, Goodman told the Old Bailey court: "(It was) provided to us by the Princess of Wales.

"It arrived at the office in an envelope with my name on it," he said, adding that Diana later called him to verify he had received it, according to Reuters.

Charles and Diana separated in December 1992 and divorced in 1996. She was killed the following year in a car crash in Paris.

Goodman testified Diana had a close relationship with several journalists at the time and wanted to use the press as a "powerful" ally against Charles.


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"She was, at the time, going through a very tough time," Goodman said. "She told me she wanted me to see this document to see the scale of her husband's staff and household compared to hers. She felt she was in a very bitter situation at the time. She felt she was being swamped by the people close to him and his household. She was looking for an ally to take him on to show the kind of forces ranged against her."

Goodman denied paying for any of the directories or getting them from a public official.

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