'Unlikely Any Charges Will Be Laid' Against Royal Prank DJs, Police Say
The embattled Australian radio hosts who pranked royal nurse Jacintha Saldanha before she committed suicide are not likely to face criminal charges, police officials have announced.
Just last week, prosecutors in London, England, were deciding whether to bring charges against 2Day FM radio hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig, who duped Saldanha into transferring their Dec. 4 call to Kate Middleton's ward at King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.
“Following the death of Jacintha Saldanha, officers have liaised with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) as to whether any criminal offenses had been committed,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, said on Saturday.
But the DJs have not been drilled for further information or asked for an interview. Now it looks like they are not likely to head to court over their hoax. "There was some initial contact after the death of (nurse) Jacintha Saldanha but not a lot," New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said. "[With] the passage of time, we believe it is unlikely any charges will be laid."
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, transferred the call from the DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment. Another nurse gave them details of her condition. Just three days later, on Dec. 7, Saldanha, a mother-of-two, was found hanged in nurses accommodation.
In a series of apparent suicide notes, the late nurse reportedly accused Greig and Christian for her taking her own life, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Saldanha also took aim at the senior management at London’s King Edward VII hospital for their actions during the aftermath of the hoax, refuting initial statements that the staff had been supportive throughout the controversy.televised interview with the Nine Network in Australia. “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 on the program A Current Affair.
Breaking down in tears, Greig added: “These prank calls are made every day, on every radio station, in every country around the world and they have been for a long time and no-one could’ve imagined this to happen.”