Royal nurse tricked by Australian radio prank, dies tragically

Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha

The British nurse, Jacintha Saldanha; who was serving in the King Edward VII Hospital where Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted for three days for her severe morning sickness treatment; was found dead on Friday, days after being tricked by the call from the Australian radio station, 2Day FM.

Mrs. Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, was found unconscious near the hospital in London where she had been working from last 4 years, in what is suspected to be a suicide. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson has told a post-mortem examination would not take place until next week.

Just three days before her tragic death, the nurse had transferred a hoax call from two Australian DJs; impersonating themselves as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles; to a nurse on Kate Middleton’s ward, who disclosed private information about Kate’s treatment.

2Day FM’s prank had shocking affects and the Australian radio has to face stormy complaints; major firms have pulled advertising while presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been taken off air.

CEO of station-owner Southern Cross Austereo, Rhy Holleran has extended his “deepest sympathies” to her family and said both presenters were “deeply shocked”. He said firmly that he was confident the station hadn’t broken any laws, noting that prank calls in radio have been happening “for decades” across the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expressed their sadness: “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.”

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