Australian DJs Who Prank Called Kate Middleton’s Hospital May Never Return to Radio After Nurse’s Shocking Suicide, Says Source (EXCLUSIVE & VIDEO)

By: Cliff Renfrew / December 7, 2012

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The two Australian DJs involved in the hoax call to Kate Middleton’s hospital, which possibly resulted in nurse Jacintha Saldanha committing suicide, are “devastated” about the incident and may never return to radio, a source close to the DJs told Celebuzz.

Mel Craig and Michael Christian — who work for Sydney’s 2Day FM — are currently on full paid leave following the unexpected suicide that has sent shockwaves around the world.

But bosses at the radio station are standing by their DJs because they believe there was no ill-intent involved and that nobody expected the tragedy to unravel the way it did: “Both Mel and Michael are totally devastated about what has happened,” the source told Celebuzz. “It was their idea to come off the air and they meant absolutely no malice with the prank.”

Saldanha answered the phone call at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and transferred the call through to Kate’s ward.

Another nurse then told the giggling DJs, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, how the Duchess was about to “get freshened up.”

The mother-of-two was tragically found dead at an address close to King Edward VII’s Hospital  earlier today in what Scotland Yard is treating as a suicide.

“Nobody expected this to happen, least of all Mel and Michael. It is a real tragedy,” added the insider.

“But we do not know all the circumstances yet, including how the hospital handled the situation, so it is unfair for the these two people to bear the brunt of all the blame and anger.”

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM released a statement Friday offering condolences to the Saldanha family.

The source adds the DJs involved still have their jobs — but their future in radio is up in the air.

“Mel and Michael have not been fired by the radio station and before this incident they were really popular,” the insider told Celebuzz. “It is too early to say what will happen with their careers or if they will ever return to radio. Nobody can predict that just now.

“Obviously, everyone feels really badly for the family of the nurse. This is just such a tragic story all around.”

Following the suicide, a spokesperson for the Palace revealed that Prince William and his pregnant wife were “deeply saddened” by Saldanha’s death.

“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,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

King Edward VII hospital paid tribute to Saldanha calling her “a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients,” according to the BBC.

Middleton had been admitted to the hospital to treat acute morning sickness before being released on Thursday.

Scotland Yard are still investigating the nurse’s death.

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