Hospital Receptionist in Kate Middleton Pregnancy Prank Found Dead

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Kate MiddletonI'm really hoping this isn't what it appears to be. It was only a couple of days ago that news broke about two Australian radio pranksters who managed to call up Kate Middleton's hospital room and get her nurse to divulge information about her pregnancy sickness. The nurse told the two radio DJs, who were posing as Prince Charles and the Queen (and not doing a very good job of it), about how Kate seemed to be on the mend, and how Prince William had visited her the night before.

The call caused outrage that the two would invade the Duchess's privacy like that. And now here comes very strange, very horrible news: The receptionist who was duped into thinking she was putting the Queen through to Kate's room has been found dead outside the hospital.

No one seems to know yet exactly what happened or what she died from, but at least one source is reportedly telling the Daily Mail that she committed suicide.

The woman's body was reportedly found only yards from King Edward VII hospital, where she worked and took the unfortunate phone call. Could she have killed herself out of guilt for falling for this prank?

It all started when a call came through early in the morning on Tuesday to the hospital. When the receptionist answered, Mel Greig, one of the radio hosts, put on her best Queen accent (which was laughably bad) and said, "Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?"

The receptionist bought this hook, line, and sinker for some reason and said, "Oh yes, just hold on ma'am," and put her through to the nurse's station in Kate's room. Apparently having no reason to believe that the call wouldn't be legitimate since it was put through to the room, the nurse began blabbing.

I can only imagine that the receptionist and the nurse were spoken to by hospital officials. No word on whether they were being punished in any way. But this does make you wonder: Did the fallout from the prank call somehow cause this to happen? If the receptionist did commit suicide, was it because of her guilt or shame over the call? Or because her job was in jeopardy? Or maybe it was just the attention and stress due to the call?

This does make you wonder about unintended consequences of pranks. I'm sure the DJs never dreamed in a million years they would actually get through to Kate or her nurse -- you can hear the disbelief in their voices on the radio program. I really don't blame them for this, but sometimes things have consequences that you couldn't have foreseen, and perhaps they should have thought a little more about the employees at the hospital and what trouble might be caused for them with a prank like this.

Do you think the call is to blame for the receptionist's death?

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dirti... dirtiekittie

i certainly hope not, but who knows the truth? that would be an unfortunate tragedy. i wouldn't necessarily hold the dj's responsible, i'm sure they didn't imagine they'd actually talk to a nurse who'd give up the info. there are far worse pranks that have also ended badly and maliciously at that. i don't think the intent of the dj's was ever malicious. 

cmjaz cmjaz

I don't hold the djs responsible either. That's probably the last prank call those two ever want to do if she did commit suicide from the embarrassment.

cmjaz cmjaz

And not a happy situation for the princess. She's going to feel bad about this

three... threeforme157

What a sad situation.  I hate prank calls though and wish obnoxious DJs would quit doing them.

nonmember avatar NavyWife

I think the receptionist is to blame. She was stupid enough to believe that it was actually the Queen calling for Kate. The nurse who leaked all of the information probably did feel horrible after she found out it was a prank. I'd feel horrible too, knowing that I gave out personal information to a random DJ. I feel awful that she felt she had to kill herself, though. I imagine Kate will feel bad about the situation.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Oh my god, this "royalty" nonsense is absurd! They're just two brits, one with bad teeth, who are having a baby that will cry, eat, and poop, just like EVERY OTHER BABY IN THE WORLD!!!! I can't believe a civilized country actually still plays Kings and Queens and Princes like this and the sheep take it seriously?? What is so damned special aout some inbred Germans??? Poor lady, all this over revealing the very important secret intel that a pregnant lady is resting and rehyrated...ludicrous!

Nicole Jordan

Thank you Kaerae...exactly!

power... powertothekids

umm kae its the baby of a prince and a princess

Austin Keenan

I don't hold British royalty any higher than the run of the mill celebrity.     Live by the sword,  die by the sword.   They're fair game for this stuff.     

I don't think the hospital staff should be "punished" unless they specifically violated hospital rules concerning verifying callers are who they say they are.    If they used really bad judgement in applying those procedures then you have to question their judgement in other aspects of their job. 

Ashle... AshleyB1984

I'm sure it's somehow related, but it's not the DJ's fault. Don't they have HIPA over there? People in that position aren't allowed to give out medical information to anyone. I know I have to personally sign a waiver just for my doctor to leave me a V-mail about test results.

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