Do you remember the infamous Kate Middleton hospital prank call last year? After the DJs responsible for the call got fired, the radio station is being investigated by Australian authorities who have determined that the station broke the law.
When Kate Middleton first became pregnant with her son, Prince George last year, she had acute morning sickness and was forced to be hospitalized for a few days to control her condition.
During her stay 2Day FM’s radio hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig decided to pass the time making a prank phone call pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II, inquiring after her grand-daughter-in-law.
The hosts have indicated that they believed their call would not get through, but it did after nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who answered the call, believed it was actually the Queen calling. Saldanha hanged herself three days later.
After the culprits in the Kate Middleton prank call were fired by the radio station, there was outrage about the tragic results due to their lack of judgment.
“Just on our royal prank call…we were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents,” Christian wrote on Twitter at the time. “We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
Now, after months of investigation, the BBC reports the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found, in a preliminary report, that 2Day FM, the radio station responsible for the hoax, acted illegally by airing the phone call without consent.
A spokesperson for King Edward VII Sister Agnes Hospital in London said Jacintha Saldanha was “victim of a cruel journalistic trick.”
It is unclear what, if any charges, Christian and Greig will face for the Kate Middleton prank call.