Instead of respecting Kate Middleton‘s current condition and giving her privacy, two radio hosts from an Australian music station called into the King Edward VII Hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to inquire about the Duchess.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian from 2Day FM radio station called the hospital early Tuesday morning to ask about Kate’s condition. The hospital staff waited a day until they admitted to the situation, and a spokesman told the Daily Mail:
“King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes can confirm that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.”
The nurse who took the call revealed intimate details about Kate to “Queen Elizabeth”:
“She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. She’s been given some fluids, she’s stable at the moment.”
The Daily Mail has full audio and transcript of the call, but has chosen to edit the tape out of respect for Kate, and we’re doing the same. However, the damage is already done, and a radio spokesman has apologized:
“2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the enquiry to Kate’s hospital. The radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best.”
A spokesman for St. James’ Palace said the situation was a “matter for the hospital”, but sources say that the call could be investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. According to the ACMA: “We are not aware of having received a complaint, but privacy is an issue that we take seriously.”