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Thu Oct 30 17:56:58 SAST 2014

British police contact Australian authorities over royal hoax

Sapa-AP | 09 December, 2012 15:47
2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig (L) and Michael Christian, pose in Sydney in this picture obtained by Reuters on December 8, 2012. The two presenters from Australia's 2Day radio station called a London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine for morning sickness early on Tuesday British time, pretending to be William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his father, the heir-to-the throne Prince Charles. A nurse who answered the prank call has been found dead, the hospital said on Friday, in a suspected suicide.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

British police say they have contacted Australian authorities about a possible investigation into an Australian radio station's hoax call to a UK hospital.

The callers impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and received confidential details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical information. The call was recorded and broadcast.

The prank took an ugly twist Friday with the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, three days after she took the hoax call.

Police have not yet determined Saldanha's cause of death, but people from London to Sydney have been making the assumption that she died because of stress from the call.

The disk jockeys involved have been suspended indefinitely.

Australian police Sunday confirmed they had been contacted by London police and said they would co-operate.

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