Bugging was rife way before the NOTW got involved.

We bet Rupert Murdoch is getting excited this morning after reading the story that The News Of The World aren’t the only ones who hack phones.

According to files released by the National Archives, King Edward VIII was bugged by the government at the height of the 1936 abdication crisis.

The Home Office ordered “interception of telephone communications” between royal residences and “the continent of Europe” – which basically amounts to the fact they were listening in on private calls between Edward and his divorced mistress Wallis Simpson since she was in France at that time.

According to the BBC a note from the Home Office to GPO head Sir Thomas Gardiner – dated 5 December 1936 and marked “most secret” – read: “The home secretary asks me to confirm the information conveyed to you orally, with his authority by, by Sir Horace Wilson that you will arrange for the interception of telephone communications between Fort Belvedere and Buckingham Palace on the one hand and the continent of Europe on the other.”

Wouldn’t that have made a juicy front page splash?


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Written by Rachael

As well as being Editor here at The Spin Alley, Rachael is also a freelance journalist and blogger covering lifestyle, travel, culture, entertainment, media and online life for online and print publications.

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