Prosecutors Considering Charges Against DJs Who Made Kate Middleton Royal Prank Call

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Prosecutors in London are now deciding whether to bring charges against the two Australian DJs who made the prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was treated, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

A nurse working at the King Edward VII Hospital, where Kate Middleton was suffering from severe morning sickness, killed herself after being duped by the hoax by Michael Christian and Mel Greig.

"Following the death of Jacintha Saldanha, officers have liaised with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) as to whether any criminal offences had been committed in relation to the hoax call made to King Edward VII Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday December 4," a spokesman for Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service,  said on Saturday.

"On Wednesday December 19, officers submitted a file to the CPS for them to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the hoax call."

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, transferred the call from the DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles to the ward where the Duchess was being treated. Another nurse gave them details of her condition.

Ms Saldanha, a mother-of-two, was found hanged in nurses accommodation just three days later on December 7.

In a series of apparent suicide notes, Saldanha expressed her anger toward the  2Day FM radio hosts, according to the Daily Mail.

She also lambasted the senior management at the hospital for their actions during the aftermath of the hoax, refuting initial statements that the staff had been supportive throughout the controversy.

“Within the letter, Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital,” the Mirror reported.

Mr Barboza and the couple's two children, Lisha, 14, and Junal, 16, have said that her death has left them "shattered" and her loss has left an "unfillable void".

In their first interview since the scandal, Christian and Greig admitted they were left “shattered, gutted (and) heartbroken” over the tragic end to their hoax.

“There’s not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching,” Greig said.

Watch more of the interview, below.

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  • Carol Krueger Lee
    Carol Krueger Lee

    I want to know why THIS particular nurse was implicated? The article states that a different nurse actualy gave out medical details, not this nurse that comitted suicide. If anything, the other nurse, should be held accounable for releasing confidential patient information. And YES, the DJ's shoud be charged with some sort of crime.

  • kimcheee
    kimcheee

    Her employer (who 'came down hard on her') would have known about her mental illness due to a trip to the psychiatric ward after one of her suicide attempts. Wouldn't her employer be more responsible than some pranking DJs? Note to hospital: Do not allow mentally unstable individuals to answer telephones or anything except for cleaning toilets. We'll all breathe a sigh of relief if you promise us that!

  • kimcheee
    kimcheee

    It seems inappropriate. The woman who answered the call had quite a history of suicide attempts and tried to commit suicide twice in the year prior to her final attempt. Anything could trigger someone as mentally unstable as that. It's not right to charge anyone with anything in this case.

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