Let me get this straight: Jacintha Saldanha, a devoted mother of two, committed suicide because she transferred a prank call. What?!
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Their show has been canceled and they will be questioned by police.
Now, we’re hearing from the two Australian DJs behind a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.
One of the nurses duped by the call, reportedly committed suicide.
Matthew Chance was live in London for PIX11 News with the latest.
Anger is growing in the wake of the suicide of a nurse who took a prank phone call at the hospital where Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness. Opinions vary on who’s to blame…Here’s Kaity Tong.
The nurse “was recently the victim of a hoax call,” King Edward VII Hospital said in a media statement.
The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the prank call, in which some details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition and care were given.
The nurse who died was the person who first took the hoax call and transferred it through to Catherine’s ward, the hospital’s public relations company said.
The hospital named her as Jacintha Saldanha and said she had worked there for more than four years as an “excellent nurse,” who was well respected by co-workers.
The hospital “had been supporting her throughout this difficult time,” the statement said.
The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from the hospital Thursday after treatment for acute morning sickness.
A St. James’s Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.
“Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”
Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: “At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”
The hospital’s chief executive, John Lofthouse, said, “Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:35 a.m. (4:35 a.m. ET) on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are treating the death as “unexplained,” they said.
Audio of the call posted online suggested a woman spoke briefly to the DJs, who host a show for the 2Day FM radio station in Sydney, before the call was put through to the ward early Tuesday morning.
The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through.
The radio show apologized for the call Wednesday, saying it “was done with light-hearted intentions.”
Its two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, continued to tweet about the call on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising “more on the #royalprank.”
The Twitter accounts for the pair have now been taken down.
Talking about the call on air Thursday, Greig said: “They were the world’s worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would’ve tried the same thing. … We were expecting to be hung up on — we didn’t even know what to say when we got through.”
Angry comments have been posted on the 2Day FM Facebook page since the news of the nurse’s death broke.
“This death is on your conscience,” reads one post. Another says, “Blood on your hands.”
The radio station has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Kate Middleton has left the hospital.
She was there for the last few days being treated for acute morning sickness.
Meanwhile, two DJ’s at an Australian radio show have apologized after they pranked the hospital (Click the video to take a listen).
The hospital fell for the hoax and says it deeply regrets the incident. They say they take patient confidentiality very seriously and are reviewing its telephone protocols.
LONDON – It s official: Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first child.
In a statement released Monday, the Palace confirmed the pregnancy saying everyone, including the Queens, is delighted with the news.
The announcement was made after the Duchess was reportedly admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with acute morning sickness. Surprise, surprise: she wasn’t ill, just preggers.
Kate is expected to stay in the hospital for several days and according to palace officials will require a period of rest thereafter.
Whether boy or girl, the child will be behind Prince William in the line of succession to the throne, Cabinet Office officials said.