A nurse at King Edward VII Hospital is bound to lose her job after revealing details on pregnant Kate Middleton‘s condition to two radio DJs pretending to be members of the Royal Family. The Duchess has been hospitalized with severe morning sickness since Monday.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian of the Australian radio show Summer 30 prank called the hospital using fake accents and pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. “Surprised” when they were connected to the Duchess’ ward, the DJs went on with the joke.
“I’m just after my granddaughter, Kate. I want to see how her little tummy bug is going,” said one of them.
Shockingly, Middledon’s personal nurse provided plenty of information. She said:
“She’s sleeping at the moment, and she has had an uneventful night and sleep is good for her. She’s been getting some fluids to rehydrate her because she was quite dehydrated when she came in, but she’s stable at the moment…She hasn’t had any retching … since I’ve been on duty.”
As soon as the news came out, the hospital went into damage control mode. Chief Executive John Lofthouse issued this statement:
“King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident. This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously, and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”
Greig and Christian also issued an apology, saying,
“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. We wish Kate and her family all the best.”
Middleton will remain in the hospital for a third night. Prince William was back at the hospital to visit with his wife today; her mother, Carole Middleton, and siblings, James and Pippa Middleton also stopped by.
A full transcript of the Summer 30 call is available here.
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