In tragic news, Duchess Kate Middleton’s nurse, who took a phone call from two Australian DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince of Wales, has been found dead from suspected suicide.
Sky News reports that Jacintha Saldanha had been looking after the Duchess of Cambridge after she was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital complaining of severe morning sickness in light of her pregnancy. Earlier in the week the two DJs had called up Saldanha under the guise of the royal family members and had asked questions about the well-being of Middleton, who is still short of being 12 weeks pregnant. 46 year-old Saldanha was found at an address near the hospital this morning (December 7), with suicide being the expected cause of death.
Her family said that they were “deeply saddened by the death” of the nurse, whilst the Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig have been suspended from their station, 2DayFM, until further notice. The hospital said that, contrary to rumors, Saldanha had not been disciplined for falling victim to the hoax call and that they’d been supportive of her throughout the period. Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: "This is tragic news, and the thoughts of all at the Royal College of Nursing go to the family of Jacintha Saldanha. It is deeply saddening that a simple human error due to a cruel hoax could lead to the death of a dedicated and caring member of the nursing profession."