Family Of Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Nurse Who Committed Suicide Opens Up About The Tragedy

Abi Ong - Author

Dec. 14 2017, Updated 7:54 p.m. ET

In 2012, news of Jacintha Saldana’s tragic suicide left the public utterly shocked and speechless. The 46-year-old nurse, who served Prince William and Kate Middleton, hanged herself on Dec. 7, 2012, after accidentally revealing details of Kate’s first pregnancy due to a prank gone wrong.

The cruel ploy, now dubbed as the “royal hoax call,” involved Mel Greig and Mike Christian, two DJs working for Australia’s 2Day FM. In what was meant to be a funny trick, Greig and Christian impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and called the London’s King Edward VII Hospital, where Kate Middleton was being treated for her hyperemesis gravidarum or severe morning sickness. The Duchess was then pregnant with Prince George.

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Saldana was working the night shift at the hospital. When the DJs, who Saldana thought were her royal superiors, asked for crucial information about Kate Middleton’s condition, the nurse willingly obliged. The prank was aired and Saldana felt intense pressure from the media. Overcome with guilt, she was found dead at the nurses’ quarters three days later.

According to, Prince William and Kate Middleton were both shocked and saddened by their nurse’s untimely passing. After her death, the Duke of Cambridge sent a personal letter to her family.

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“We were both very shocked to hear about Jacintha, and have been thinking a lot about her recently. Many of the nurses in the hospital spoke highly of her and I’m sure you know how great a nurse she was.”

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