Kate Middleton hospital prank call led to the suicide of a nurse who transferred the call.
London (CNN) — A nurse at the hospital who was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday.
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,” well-respected by co-workers.
The hospital “had been supporting her throughout this difficult time,” the statement said.
She is survived by her husband and two children, the hospital said.
Her family released a statement asking for privacy and directing questions to police.
“We as a family are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha,” said the statement, released by police. SOURCE
DJ’s say they are sorry for the death of the nurse who was pranked….
Michael Christian and Mel Greig — the two Australian radio DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank call that led to the suicide of a nurse — say they are “incredibly sorry” for what transpired … as they speak out for the first time.
The pair sat down with “A Current Affair” in Australia and described how they found out that Jacintha Saldanha had taken her life. Michael said they got the news at the same time and Mel called it “the worst phone call I’ve ever had in my life.”
The DJs have been off the air since the incident, which they say has weighed on them ever since. Mel explained, “There’s not a minute that goes by that we don’t think about the family and what they must be going through and the thought we might have played a part in that is discouraging … I wanted to just to reach out to them and give them a hug and say sorry, I actually do feel sorry, I really do.”
Mel’s attitude toward the prank was different before Saldanha took her life … as TMZ first reported, she posted a photo on Facebook just hours before, joking about how impersonating the Queen should help her score free drinks. SOURCE