Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement On Nurse Suicide

Fri, December 7, 2012 11:16am EST by 22 Comments
Kate Middleton Nurse Suicide

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a statement regarding the death of hospital receptionist Jacintha Saldanha, who mistakenly transferred a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on Dec. 4. According to a new report, Jacintha’s death on Dec. 6 is suspected as a suicide.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are speaking out on the death of Jacintha Saldanha. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney’s 2Day FM station, claiming to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charlessuccessfully prank called Kate’s hospital room on December 4 after Jacinthaa mother of two, patched them through. The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and were given actual information on Kate’s condition. Unfortunately, the receptionist who patched through the call has allegedly committed suicide as she was found dead on Dec. 6.

Jacintha was found dead near the hospital at 9:30AM on Thursday Dec. 6, according to TMZ. Paramedics arrived on the scene, but were unable to revive the woman. Scotland Yard is treating the death as a possible suicide.

Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. 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.”

King Edward VII Hospital Releases Statement

“It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha. Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”

John Lofthouse, the Chief Executive at the hospital, added, “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”

Lord Glenarthur, the Chairman of the hospital, said, “This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.”

The Prank Call Backstory

During the phone call, you can hear DJ Mel posing as Queen Elizabeth II saying, “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”

It’s unclear exactly what the nurse told Mel, but she says the nurse, “was giving us real information,” that left her in shock.

“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel is quoted as saying. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”

King Edward VII Hospital’s Response To Prank Call

On December 5, the hospital released a statement confirming the prank caller had been transferred to Kate’s nurse on December 4 and a short conversation with the nurse took place.

A spokesperson added :”This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”

Australian Radio Station Apologizes for Prank Call

On Dec. 4, the radio station issued an apology on its Twitter feed, saying: “2Day FM sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the inquiry to Kate’s hospital, the radio segment was done with light-hearted intentions, we wish Kate and her family all the best and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.”

Bonnie Fuller believes we shouldn’t solely blame the DJs, since they had no way of knowing the tragic consequences that would occur.

UPDATE: Australian DJs Suspended After Nurse’s Suicide

The Duchess of Cambridge is currently at home, resting with Prince William, after receiving treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition involving nausea and vomiting, a more severe form of morning sickness that some women suffer from during early pregnancy.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?


— Chris Rogers

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Posted at 7:51 AM on July 27, 2014  

If they were surprised about being put through and got personal information about a patient. matter that it was the duchess of cambridge they then should have stopped. They knew it was against the law or procedures of the hospital to release information on a patient. But they didn’t and they also procasted that conversation live on air knowing what they were doing was wrong and would have consequences. ..they wouldn’t think something like this would happen but they would know and believe that the person they made believe that they were truly the queen would be punished or would lose her job because of this.
For her to then take her life she must have really thought that she was going to be severely punished not just because she allowed a patient’s private information to be released and aired on national radio that would be then played out in the press to the entire world but it was also a member of the royal families private information that was released. She probably thought that she would be even facing fines or even jail time and knew her job was lost. Not to mention having to face her friends and family after being so publicly humiliated. I know what it’s like to lose a family member this way not because of this particular reason but because he was already dieing from brain cancer and wanted to die on his own terms and not live in pain and as a totally different person that his was before the brain tumor. So I feel most sadden for her famipy.and her two children…they now have to face a life without their mother and to have lost her in a way that was completely unnecessary. People saying that it’s not the DJs fault need to acknowledge that they do hold some blame..not all but some of the blame that made her believe there was no living with what she had done or what would happen because of it.

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Posted at 6:09 PM on December 10, 2012  

So ridiculous. How wrong has the world gotten when people are going to be so scared to play a prank or a joke just in case someone cant handle it correctly or takes it the wrong way. Life is all about learning to accept things and humour and developing ways of dealing with such. If someone takes it to the point where this poor lady did then it lies with her and not anyones elses fault. If any blame would be present it would be more towards the world making such a big deal over celebrities.
it would be a sad world if we got so Pc we lost our sense of humour and no one on here can say they never played a prank or told a joke. The world needs to stop making a new rule everytime some people has an accident or something goes wrong. Its life,deal with it. Thats how we learn and develop.
It would be sadder to see a world full of Pc clones that dont have emotions!

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Posted at 2:47 PM on December 10, 2012  

I think prince william and his wife have to live inside of the palace and never go out.jajaja.

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Posted at 2:03 AM on December 9, 2012  

Committing suicide because you were pranked is an overreaction. Obviously. There is no such thing as a set of circumstances where suicide is a reasonable thing to do after being pranked. If that’s it, then the poor woman must have had deeply acute feelings of regret and guilt, which overwhelmed her, and instead of seeking help, she ended her life. I don’t blame the DJ for her being dead. If you think this will mark the end of tabloids and pranks and paparazi, think again, remember the circumstances of Diana’s death. Here were are again.

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Mary Anne

Posted at 10:18 PM on December 8, 2012  

I like our laws in Canada. Had the DJ’s required Jacintha’s written permission to broadcast the conversation, this tragic event would never have happened. It was all too senseless and the world wide humiliation on one individual was totally unnecessary. It was bullying at it’s worst.

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Adelaide City

Posted at 1:27 PM on December 8, 2012  

More shocking than anything is the attention/attraction that Royal families still have in this world. An old-fashioned, obsolete institution conducted by old folks from the Ice age. They are the ones to be blamed. If those photographs were not hunting princess Diana in Paris, she would be with us right now, but they all want to sell mags and newspapers because of the attention people give to celebs. Awful.

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Posted at 9:14 AM on December 8, 2012  

If they were so shocked at being put through and getting personal medical information why did they go ahead and broadcast? Disgusting. The family should get compensation for this.

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Posted at 12:38 AM on December 8, 2012  

It was the fault of the people who put pressure on her…not the DJs. This was obviously a very sensitive time for her, and people shouldn’t have made a joke out of her (like prince philip), but support her instead. I think many people would not be able to stand the pressure of suddenly being thrust into the public eye, let alone humiliated…mental illness or not.

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Posted at 11:55 PM on December 7, 2012  

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard did the same thing just 24 hours later when she went on another Australian radio station and claimed the World was going to end. But in the wake of this tragedy there’s been NO apology from her, just a few tut tut comments because she saw it as a ‘media opportunity’ . What if somebody suffering from a mental disorder took her stupid joke seriously and committed suicide, or worse went and harmed somebody else. Not much to laugh about then eh Julia.

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Posted at 10:44 PM on December 7, 2012  

The prank was just that..a prank. If being the brunt of one prank phone call caused her suicide, she obviously was quite mentally unstable prior to this incident.While any suicide is a tragedy, especially to those left behind, it scares me think of helpless patients who may be in jeopardy having someone like this caring for them.

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Posted at 11:06 PM on December 7, 2012  

I will count the days until you are humiliated in front of MILLIONS of people. It’ll just be a prank right ? No harm done and all that.

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Emmie Colson Faison

Posted at 11:51 PM on December 7, 2012  

you must be from England being real cold without a heart. cold !cold !cold !cold

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Posted at 10:02 PM on December 7, 2012  

Wow, I feel so bad for that nurse & her family.not all jokes are funny I’m sure the DJ’s thought it was just another joke to play on someone,next time read the paper,go online,watch tv like the rest of us to get your info on the daily stories in the news.

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Grazina Brown

Posted at 5:31 PM on December 7, 2012  

Feel very very sorry for nurse’s suicide. Too bad Australian educated should take responsibility for stupid behavior as they call “joke” and pay Family price for taken off life Mother -Human!!! I would sugest don’t let them continue this kind of Job, cancel professional licence. Nurse-Grazina Brown

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Posted at 1:35 PM on December 7, 2012  

Wow… I felt sad for her family.. it was bad time and wrong time for her.

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Posted at 12:44 PM on December 7, 2012  

This is very unfortunate and extememley sad. The DJ’s of this show obviously would not know anything like this would happen from this crank call. I would be devastated if I was them. terribly tragic.

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Posted at 12:29 PM on December 7, 2012  

Dj’s should lose their job! Idiots! Sorry for her family!

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Posted at 12:13 PM on December 7, 2012  

So sad for her husband and two children. #RIP

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Posted at 11:58 AM on December 7, 2012  

The DJ’s who played this prank are EVIL AND SHOULD BE PUNISHED!

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Danny Mcface

Posted at 11:58 AM on December 7, 2012  

My condolences and prayers for the family and friends.
As an Aussie part of me wants to hope that this is an elaborate prank as payback for the original call. The Royals can’t be seen as bested by a Prison Colony after all.

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