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Australian Radio Show Cancelled After Prank Call Led To Kate Middleton's Nurse's Suicide

Dec 10, 2012 07:49 AM

kate-middleton-hospital-radio-230.jpgSouthern Cross Austereo (SCA), who owns 2Day FM, says they have "terminated" the Australian radio show and plan to implement "a company-wide suspension of prank calls," after the tragedy that occurred last week.

On December 4, 2DayFM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the King Edward VII hospital pretending to be Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, and Jacintha Saldanha, who had been caring for Middleton during her stay, fell for the prank. Saldanha then passed them on to another nurse, who gave away confidential details about the pregnant Duchess. Just three days later, Saldanha was found dead, and authorities suspect that she took her own life.

SCA added that it still feels "deep regret" for the death of Saldanha and they "take the events of the last few days very seriously." SCA added that they have suspended all advertising on 2Day FM until further notice, and though they don't believe they broke the law by making the calls, they will cooperate with any police investigation.

Before they were suspended, TMZ reports that the DJs were bragging about the call, but on Monday they went on TV to apologize for their actions, admitting that they're "shattered, gutted, heartbroken," after learning of Saldanha's death.

When asked about learning of Saldanha's death, Greig said, "Unfortunately I remember that moment very well, because I haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened. I remember my first question was 'Was she a mother?' I've wanted to just reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say sorry. I hope they're okay, I really do. I hope they get through this."

Christian added, "I hope that they get the love, the support, the care that they need, you know."

Saldanha left behind a husband, Ben Barboza, and two young children.

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Kate Middleton Experiences More Morning Sickness, Prince William Cancels Event

Dec 10, 2012 06:00 AM

william120612_02_230.jpgJust days after she was released from London's King Edward VII Hospital, Kate Middleton experienced another bout with acute morning sickness, forcing Prince William to cancel a Sunday event to remain by her side.

"The Duke of Cambridge will no longer attend the British Military Tournament at Earl's Court this evening, but will spend Sunday privately with the Duchess instead," the rep from the palace said in a statement. "It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it."

The 30-year-old Duchess and her hubby had just announced her pregnancy last week and had checking into the hospital during her first foray with morning sickness.

Hospital Involved In Kate Middleton Prank Call Slams Radio Station After Nurse's Death

Dec 9, 2012 09:59 AM

kate-middleton-hospital-230.jpgKing Edward VII hospital has written a scathing letter to 2DayFM, the Australian radio station who prank called Kate Middleton's nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was later found dead of an apparent suicide on December 7.

In the letter, hospital chairman Lord Glenarthur states, "I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the hoax call made from your radio station. It was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients ... That the call had been pre-recorded and the decision to transmit approved by your station's management was truly appalling."

"The immediate consequence of these premeditated and ill-considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients," Glenarthur continues. "The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words. I appreciate that you cannot undo the damage which has been done but I would urge you to take steps to ensure that such an incident could never be repeated."

On December 4, 2DayFM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital pretending to be Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth, and Saldanha, who had been caring for Middleton during her stay, fell for the prank. Saldanha then passed them on to another nurse, who gave away confidential details about the pregnant Duchess. Just three days later, Saldanha was found dead, and authorities suspect that she took her own life.

2DayFM owner Rhys Holleran spoke out about the incident and said that the DJs involved were "completely shattered" over Saldanha's death. "These people aren't machines, they're human beings," he said. "What happened is incredibly tragic, and we're deeply saddened and incredibly affected by that ... No one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day."

After the news broke that Saldanha had died, the royal family released the following statement: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha," Kate and Prince William,, both 30, said in an earlier statement. "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."

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Hospital Nurse In Kate Middleton Radio Prank Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Dec 7, 2012 10:20 AM

We bet these radio DJ's feel a little bit responsible!

The nurse that spilled the beans on Kate Middleton's condition when an Australian radio station prank called the King Edward VII hospital has been found dead of a suspected suicide, TMZ reports.

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead this morning at an address near the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness. Paramedics arrived at the scene but were unable to revive her.

Saldanha mistakenly believed the Queen of England was calling to check on her grandson's wife's health and breached confidentiality when she transferred the call through to the attending nurse on Kate's floor, who revealed the expectant royal had an "uneventful night" and was about to "get freshened up."

"Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all of her colleagues. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time," the hospital said in a statement.

The radio station issued an apology hours after they successfully pulled off the prank, saying,"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. We're very sorry if we've caused any issues and we're glad to hear that Kate is doing well."

Saldanha leaves behind a husband and two young children.

The palace has yet to comment on the sad news.

How tragic!

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X17 EXCLUSIVE - Kate Middleton's Baby Nursery Design Revealed!

Dec 6, 2012 03:55 PM


Kate Middleton has chosen Petit Tresor in Beverly Hills to outfit the nursery for her baby with Prince William.

A source from the luxury baby boutique tells X17online exclusively that the Duchess of Cambridge personally called the store from her hospital bed in London.

We've been told Kate wants the baby's room to have a "European and traditional look" and that she "absolutely loves the Notte Fatata collection."

Employees from the boutique will be flown out to London to decorate the room with items from the Notte Fatata collection, which is sold exclusively through Petit Tresor.

Kate apparently has her eyes on the Notte Fatata crib which sells for $8,340.00. The store's website describes it as:

    What is extraordinary about the Notte Fatata line is that it is made with the same attention to detail and craftsmanship as all the pieces that have been manufactured since 1941. This family run three-generation business uses all of the ancient furniture making techniques that were used for centuries - making antique quality pieces for the lords and queens of the world.

BREAKING NEWS - Pregnant Kate Middleton Released From Hospital

Dec 6, 2012 06:46 AM

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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has been discharged from London's King Edward VII Hospital after being treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarium, a form of extreme morning sickness.

Escorted by her hubby Prince William, bouquet of yellow roses in hand, the Duchess smiled for photographers as she made her way home, telling reporters she was feeling "much better."

Middleton, 30, was hospitalized for three days and received frequent visits from her family while on bed rest.

The palace released the following statement:

    ""The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest. Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment The Duchess has received."

Pippa And James Middleton Visit Pregnant Sister Kate In The Hospital

Dec 5, 2012 09:15 AM

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The princess sure has a lot of people rushing to be at her bedside!

Pippa Middleton and brother James arrived at the King Edward VII hospital in London today to visit their pregnant sister Kate, and it looks like the whole clan is ready to welcome another member into the family!

The Palace just announced there is a royal baby on the way this past Monday, and immediately following the happy news, William's wife was hospitalized for extreme morning sickness.

Already, tabloids are going wild trying to uncover any details surrounding the unborn future heir of the throne! According to Life & Style, the couple conceived at the end of the royal tour in September, which puts Kate seven to eight weeks along. That would put the baby's due date in July!

Let the bump watch begin!

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Prince William Visits His Pregnant Princess In The Hospital

Dec 3, 2012 02:25 PM

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What a doting dad-to-be!

Prince William might be the future King of England, but his main priority for the next nine months will be tending to his pregnant wife Kate Middleton! After the couple announced this morning on their official website they were expecting their first child together, the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to Central London hospital after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is an extreme form of morning sickness.

The condition, although not serious, often lands expecting mothers in the hospital, as it frequently requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. Symptoms of HG include severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, lightheadedness and fainting. Poor Kate! That sounds miserable!

Even if she's under the weather, we're sure she's over the moon a royal baby is finally on the way!

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