It was so funny to read about the Australian DJs who phoned the hospital where Kate Middleton was staying and for radio station ratings they impersonated the queen? I agree it wasn’t remotely funny at all. First of all I for one did not find it funny and I do believe there is a death penalty in the law that states nobody can impersonate the queen. The hospital worker, a woman who fell victim to this prank is now dead, suspected suicide. Not quite so funny now is it?
The Daily Mail reports; DJs impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles were allowed to speak directly to staff on the Duchess’s ward and obtain detailed updates on her condition, which were then played on air.
2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital at 5.30am UK time.
Speaking in a dodgy English accent, Miss Greig said: “Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?”
Believing she was speaking directly to the Queen, the receptionist said: “Oh yes, just hold on ma’am”.
While I feel for the hospital worker and by no means have any views on the security of the hospital or in the way in which it deals with its telephone calls, that’s a matter for the policy of the hospital, but this poor women then was at the centre of media frenzy. Was it her fault? No not at all, the blame lies in the hands of 2 Djs.
The hospital’s chief executive said it was a foolish and deplorable prank but added that patient confidentiality is taken extremely seriously and that telephone protocols are now being reviewed.
The radio presenters later apologised for the stunt, saying: “We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.
“We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
The prank call was pre-recorded and vetted by lawyers before being broadcast to listeners in Sydney.
While Kate has been released from hospital and is resting at home, the women who took the call is now dead.
Blood on their hands?
Should these 2 Djs now face punishment?
Lets hear your views …