The radio DJs involved in the Kate Middleton nurse prank have been moved to safehouses in light of numerous death threats sent their way, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been moved to safehouses with 24 hour security by the Australian broadcaster that employs them, after fears for their safety arose. The DJs made a prank call to the hospital where Duchess Kate Middleton was being treated for extreme morning sickness that led to the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
Nurse Saldanha was found dead two days after the two DJs called London’s King Edward VII hospital posing as the Queen and Prince Charles. They tricked Saldanha into putting them through to a hospital official who gave them private information regarding Middleton’s condition, reports The Christian Post.
The nurse was reportedly devastated when she found out that the call was a prank, and committed suicide.
The DJs were moved to safehouses after death threats started pouring in, many of them particularly directed at Christian. One abusive letter said that there are “bullets out there with your name on it,” and threatening the DJ with a shotgun attack.
Police are investigating the threats, and are monitoring social media for other abusive attacks on the DJs. Security specialists are saying that the DJs could be in safehouses under constant guard for months, as the continuing investigation in the UK could anger yet more people.
The DJs have expressed their sorrow and regret over the ill-fated prank. Though it was in bad taste, there’s no way they could have known that their hoax would lead to such tragic ends, and there is no evidence that they targeted Jacintha Saldanha.
We’ve asked before, but we want to know: Do you think that the 2day FM radio DJs behind the royal prank are responsible for Nurse Saldanha’s apparent suicide?