Last Monday it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child after Kate was admitted to the hospital for acute morning sickness. It was a week that should have been filled with joy and excitement for the couple and public but instead ended in sorrow and tragedy.
Early the next day two DJs from Australia’s 2Day FM called the hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. The pair (Mel Greig and Michael Christian) thought their prank call would be unsuccessful due to their terrible accents but to their surprise, they weren’t caught. During the phone call (among other offensives) they managed to find out details about Kate’s condition. After the show aired, the public back lash began. The hospital apologized for incidence and condemned the DJs. It was unclear whether the law had been broken or not but as the pair had apologized. The hospital said they were willing to take that into consideration when they finally decided on what action to take.  On Thursday, the Duchess was well enough to go home.
Just 24 hours later the world would learn of the death of one of the nurses that answered the call. Jacintha Saldanha was found unconscious on a street not far from the hospital and was pronounced dead at the scene police arrived. It was confirmed that she committed suicide from the humiliation of the phone call. This occurred even though the hospital had said they supported both nurses and the Royal family had stated that they made no complaint over the incident.  The DJs were suspended and have gone into hiding after receiving threatening messages.
Australian Police are cooperating with the Metropolitan Police, though they haven’t expressed that they need to take things any further than establishing that they may need to speak with the DJs.  An inquest will now be opened to see if any laws have been broken or whether the pair have just broken the code set by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (or ACMA) who could ultimately take away the stations licence).  Jacintha Saldanha leaves behind her husband and two children.