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Kate Middleton’s Nurse Commits Suicide After Hoax

Duchess Of Cambridge Leaves The King Edwards VII Hospital
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Earlier this week two Australian radio DJs made headlines when they were able to get sensitive medical information about Duchess Catherine by posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Now what started as a joke has turned tragic.

Jacintha Saldanha was the nurse who took the prank call from DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian at King Edward VII’s Hospital, where she had worked for four years.

She was found unconscious in her home in London near the hospital, and later died. The exact cause of death is unclear, but according to the Daily Mail, it appears to be a suicide.

While working at the hospital on Wednesday, she received a call from who she believed was Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, checking on the condition of Kate. She sent the call to the station where the duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness.

The nurse at that station then gave information on her condition over the phone.

The DJs later apologized for the hoax, and Will and Kate were reportedly ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

As a DJ, we often are involved with pranks and toying with people on the air, and it’s unfortunate that this one went as far as it did. I don’t think those two radio hosts intended to cause this nurse any harm, and they even stated that they thought they would be immediately hung up on.

Unfortunately, they continued to promote the prank through social media, which has many calling for their immediate resignation. They have since gone somewhat silent, not taking any calls from the media, according to TMZ.

It’s an unfortunate situation all around, and our hearts go out to Jacintha’s loved ones.

Do you think the two DJs should be punished for this? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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