December 7, 2012 By blogging

The Aftermath of the Kate Middleton Pregnancy Gag

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This week, the world found out that Kate Middleton is pregnant. Everybody has been itching to know more information about her pregnancy: where the baby was conceived, what they plan to name it, etc. But did two people take it a little too far?

Upon hearing the news that Kate was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London for bad morning sickness, Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney station 2Day FM got the number for the hospital and decided to play a prank, calling and pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. The nurse who answered their phone call, Jacintha Saldanha, believed it was the Queen and the Prince on the phone and happily answered all of their questions. Did we mention that this was actually being aired over the radio in Australia? This information spread very quickly and it seemed as though the whole world was talking about it. Once the palace got word of the prank, the radio station and DJs who called issued apology statements maintaining that they did not believe they would actually be able to get as much information as they did out of hospital staff, and how deeply sorry they were for airing such private information to the public.

But what these DJs might not have thought about afterwards is what would happen to the nurse who they duped over the phone. This morning, Saldanha was found dead at a location near to King Edward VII Hospital around 9:30am and it is suspected to have been a suicide. Who do you believe is to blame for this tragedy? Can we blame the media for taking this gag to the next level? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.