TOWIE star Lauren Pope claims phone hacking journalists wrecked her relationship with Prince Harry!
And according to Lauren, it was the resulting articles in the now defunct News of the World that wrecked her relationship with Harry, since he believed she’d sold intimate details of their romance to the paper.
At the time, Lauren denied that was the case, but of course, this happened long before anybody realised that journalists were routinely intercepting phone messages. However, while speaking to the Daily Star, Lauren said that the police had confirmed that her phone had indeed been hacked.
She explained, “I know now that details about me and Harry were published because of phone hacking. I know for sure because police told me.”
Lauren first met Harry back in February 2004 during a night out at London nightclub Chinawhite, where she was seen sitting on his knee.
Harry, who was aged 19 at the time, then stayed in contact with Lauren for weeks, regularly sending her “flirty” text messages.
The paper adds, “But when details of their affair were published all contact ended – and it has now emerged phone hacking could be to blame.
Lauren said, “It’s weird it happened to me. I can’t believe they did it, to be honest.
“Hopefully it doesn’t happen to people any more.”
A friend of Lauren’s added, “It looked like Lauren had sold her story to make a quick buck so it’s no surprise Harry cut all ties with her.
“But all along it was hacking that ruined everything for her.
“They were starting to get really close and if things had carried on that way Lauren really could have become a princess.
“She’s got every right to be angry that this happened to her.”
Lauren added, “I might decide to take legal action. I’m not sure at the moment – I’m still working it all out.”
However, her management have told the paper that she’s already in talks with lawyers.
A spokesman from Lauren’s management team said, “Lauren has been contacted by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Weeting.
“She is taking legal advice over a civil action against the News of the World in relation to information that has come to light about her phone being hacked.”
More than 4,000 people are believed to have had their voicemails hacked by reporters and investigators connected to the newspaper, including of course murder victim Milly Dowler and her family.