Two DJs from the Australian radio station, 2Day FM, pranked the employees of the British hospital where Kate Middleton is being treated for severe nausea. The nurse has thus inadvertently revealed details about the Duchess’ health condition, ABC News reports.
Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have come up with a unique plan to determine London’s King Edward VII Hospital to provide more information about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy. They called the hospital on early Tuesday morning pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. The nurse who was on duty at the time of the call fell victim to the prank, especially since the two DJs were perfectly reproducing the British accent of the royal family.
When Mel Greig and Michael Christian asked the nurse about Kate Middleton’s condition, they were told that the Duchess is feeling a lot better. According to the Palace, Kate was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum — severe or debilitating nausea and vomiting, but the hospital claims she is now “quite stable” as she didn’t have any “retching” over the night.
The queen impersonator told the nurse that she called because she wanted to know how Kate’s “little tummy bug” was doing. The employee revealed that the hospital had been administering fluids to the Duchess in order to rehydrate her and she was thus able to get some sleep. The fake royals also asked the nurse when would they be allowed to visit Kate and they were told that “anytime after 9 o’clock would be suitable”.
The administration of the hospital was deeply disturbed by the prank of the Australian radio station. They officially apologized for the information they disclosed reassuring people that “they take patient confidentiality extremely seriously”. King Edward VII Hospital will review their telephone protocols in the following period to make sure that similar events won’t take place again in the future.
2Day FM realized that their prank was a little bit far-fetched and they released a statement apologizing for their joke. The DJs never intended to cause any problems; they actually thought they would be hung up because of their terrible accents.