We figured it would only be a matter of time until this happened.
The world is still in shock over the suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness who transferred the prank call from Australian radio DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles that ultimately led to the Dutchess' nurse revealing the details of her medical history live over the air, and now, it appears that Scotland Yard has gotten involved…and may be launching an investigation into the hoax!
A spokesman with the Metropolitan Police has revealed:
"Officers have been in contact with Australian authorities."
However, Nick Kaldas, the deputy commissioner for New South Wales Police, confirmed:
"It hasn't been indicated to us that an offense has occurred and they have not actually asked for anything yet. They've simply touched base, let us know of their interest and they will get back to us if they actually want something done. Nothing has been requested of us yet."
While DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been suspended indefinitely, it's unlikely they will be prosecuted, as the hoax did not guilty intent and the call was pre-recorded and cleared by the stations lawyers before it was broadcast. Furthermore, both of them are said to be in an unstable condition and are currently recipients of intense counseling!
However, even if no criminal charges are filed, it's clear that Southern Cross Austereo, owners of the offending station 2Day FM, are facing serious repercussions - and have met for an emergency board hearing to review company practices regarding these kinds of pranks.
It's just such an unbelievable tragedy that something like this had to occur for people to realize just how damaging and invasive the stunt was.
Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone affected by this unbelievable and pointless loss.
May Jacintha be at peace.
[Images via WENN/2Day FM.]
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