Australian Radio Station Who Pranked Kate Middleton's Hospital 'Deeply Saddened' by Nurse's Suicide; DJs Suspended Until Further Notice (VIDEO)
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM released a statement Friday offering condolences after a prank phone call to Kate Middleton's hospital possibly led the nurse who answered it to commit suicide.
"Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world," the statement read.
The call was made Wednesday by 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles looking for an update on Middleton's condition.
"Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances," the statement continued. "SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."
A spokesperson for the Palace also expressed condolences Friday on behalf of Middleton and her husband, Prince William.
“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 the hours after the call was made, Christian and Greig both apologized for the hoax on Twitter.
Added Greig: "It was honestly meant as fun and I do hope the nurse and Kate are OK."
Middleton was hospitalized Monday for severe morning sickness. She was released on Thursday.