Kate Middleton’s Nurse Found Dead Days After Being Duped by Prank Callers [Video]

A nurse at a London hospital, who took a prank call from two Australian radio disc jockeys pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to get details on Kate Middleton’s medical condition, was found dead on Friday, the hospital said.

A nurse looking after pregnant Kate Middleton who was duped into transferring a prank call from two Aussie DJs has been found dead in a suspected suicide.

Jacintha Saldanha was found unconscious on Friday morning nearby King Edward VII Hospital in London, where she worked. The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge had been staying at King Edward VII hospital in London suffering from morning sickness, reports The Huffington Post.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that the police were called and an ambulance arrived, but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

The nurse was the victim of radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian who impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles. She answered their call and, believing the 2Day FM presenters were members of the Royal Family. The 46-year-old nurse passed the DJs to a colleague who revealed details about the Duchess’s health.

2DayFM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian were taken off air after it emerged the nurse who took their prank call at Kate Middleton’s hospital had died in a suspected suicide.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were “deeply saddened” by the news, adding that they “were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody… and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

“It is with deep sadness as I can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha,” said John Lofthouse, chief executive of the hospital, said in a statement.

“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for over 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 through this very difficult time.”

“Jacintha was a first-class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family and her friends. Thank you.”

FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital at 5.30am UK time.

Speaking in a dodgy English accent, Miss Greig said: “Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?”

Ms Saldanha can be heard in the audio saying: “Oh yes, just hold on ma’am.”

During the outrageous two-minute exchange, the duo even had a third person in the studio bark in the background and joked about ‘feeding and walking the corgis’.

The boss of the radio company at the centre of the royal hoax call today refused to sack the DJs behind the stunt and painted them as victims, says the The Daily Mail.

According to the Mirror, the hospital’s chief executive said it was a foolish and deplorable prank but added that patient confidentiality is taken extremely seriously and that telephone protocols are now being reviewed.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which regulates radio broadcasting, has said it is currently in the process of discussing the matter with the Sydney-based station.

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