DJs Who Prank Called Kate Middleton’s Hospital Have Been Taken Off the Air
It was a light-hearted prank that may have resulted in tragedy. Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig have received overwhelming backlash over the “Royal Prank” they pulled earlier this week, and it looks like they may have shut down their social media accounts because of it.
As we reported earlier today, The 2Day FM duo was behind a headline-making prank call to King Edward VII hospital, where Kate Middleton was admitted earlier this week. The nurse who answered the call relayed confidential updates about the Duchess’ condition to the DJs, who disguised themselves as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. The nurse, now identified as Jacintha Saldanha, appears to have taken her own life just a few days after the prank went viral.
Christian and Greig have shut down all their social media outlets including their personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. The station owners have confirmed that Greig and Christian have “decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice.”
In the wake of Saldanha’s alleged suicide, St. James Palace has released a statement on behalf of Kate and Will:
“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.”