The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, have expressed their sadness after it was revealed today that the lady nurse who received a prank call from two broadcasters impersonating the Queen has died.
It was during the call that it was revealed the Dutchess was suffering from morning sickness only to discover later that the call was a prank call.
In a statement, the couple said they were “deeply saddened” by the nurse’s death
The lady nurse who fell for the pranks of two Australian radio presenters revealing information about The Dutchess of Cambridge’s state of health thinking she was briefing the Queen.
Jacintha Saldanha caved-in to the two broadcasters about Kate Middleton’s state of health as the Dutchess laid bed-ridden, fighting morning sickness at King Edward V11 Hospital in Central London.
Ms Saldanha, a mother of two who had worked at the hospital for four years. She was found dead at an address near King Edward VII’s hospital in London on Friday morning.
An ambulance was called just as her body was discovered laying unconscious and paramedics made desperate efforts to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene
The hospital confirmed she had been the victim of a hoax phone call in which two Australian DJs, pretending to be the Queen and Prince of Wales, phoned up to know about Kate.
As the phone rang, Ms Saldanha, was the person who first received the call and put it through to the ward where another nurse close to the Dutchess updated the pair on her state of health. The revealed information led to the exposure that Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: “We think that she was from Bristol where she lived with her partner. We think she is the mother of two children.”
Kate, who is understood to be well under 12 weeks pregnant, was admitted to the hospital on Monday December 3, 2012 after falling ill last weekend and was released on Thursday.
According to the Statement from the Palace: “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,” they said.
A St James’s Palace spokesman added: “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 King Edward VII Hospital said: “It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.
“We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much-loved and valued colleague.”
Lord Glenarthur, the hospital’s chairman, said: “This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.”
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, added: “This is tragic news, and the thoughts of all at the Royal College of Nursing go to the family of Jacintha Saldanha.
“It is deeply saddening that a simple human error due to a cruel hoax could lead to the death of a dedicated and caring member of the nursing profession.”
Police were called to the address at 9.35am on Friday after a report about a woman found unconscious. Paramedics rushed to the property but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.”
Michael Christian and Mel Greig, DJs on the 2DayFM radio station, broadcast their call to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
Miss Greig, impersonating the Queen, asked to speak to her “granddaughter, Catherine” and managed to persuade Miss Saldanha to put her through to the ward where Kate was being treated.
The prank call was deeply embarrassing for the hospital, which is the medical institution of choice for the Royal Family.
Miss Greig and Mr Christian were lambasted on Twitter as news broke of the nurse’s death, with people calling for them to resign. Both have now shut down their accounts on the micro-blog site.
In the immediate aftermath of the call, the DJs apologised for the prank but later took to Twitter to brag of their success – calling it the “easiest prank call ever made”.
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The duo Pranksters who tricked Prince Edward VII Hospital to extract information about Dutchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton just as she was admitted for medical attention are employees of Sydney’s 2Day FM Radio where they work as DJs.
The DJs left staff at the King Edward VII hospital with red faces after the duo’s pranks worked and they were able to obtain information about Kate’s state of health status. They had pretended to call from Burkinham Palace claiming to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.
The DJs on the Australian radio station thought they’d try their luck in the time-honored with their style of the radio show and trying the prank call. TNT Magazine revealed that the duo was given details on the Duchess’s condition during the call, despite doing a seriously dubious impression of Her Majesty, complete with yapping corgis and a cameo from Prince Phillip.
The nurse on duty, clearly a little nervous to be speaking to ‘the Queen’ politely stated about the Dutchess: “She’s sleeping at the moment and has had an uneventful night, she’s been given some fluids, she’s stable at the moment.”
The hospital later confessed in an issued a statement :”This call was transferred through to the award and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.” said a spokesman for the hospital.
Disgruntled chief executive of the private hospital, John Lofthouse failed to see the funny side, saying “This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore.