A receptionist at the London hospital which treated pregnant Kate Middleton for acute morning sickness has killed herself — 2 days after she put through a prank radio call to Middleton’s nurse.
The Daily Mail reports that the body of Jacintha Saldanha was found at a house near King Edward VII Hospital just before 9:30 a.m. (London time) Friday.
Saldanha believed she was speaking to the Queen of England when she put through a prank radio call to one of Middleton’s nurses on Tuesday.
The callers were actually Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, The Spec reports.
In the call, Miss Greig, impersonating the Queen, said: “Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?”
Saldanha, the receptionist replied: “Oh yes, just hold on ma’am”.
She then put the call through to one of the nurses who was caring for the Duchess of Cambridge.
The nurse broke hospital policy by revealing personal information on Middleton’s condition over the phone. A tape of the prank call was then broadcast all over the world, causing tremendous embarrassment to the private hospital which is used by British royalty.
A spokesperson for King Edward VII hospital released a statement that read: “Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.”
Saldanha, a married mother of 2, reportedly was not disciplined by the hospital.
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