LISTEN: Radio Presenters Make Prank Call to Kate Middleton’s Hospital

The Queen, one supposes, is most definitely not amused.

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The Queen, one supposes, is most definitely not amused.

Two Australian radio hosts have managed to embarrass the staff of King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes in London, where Kate Middleton is receiving treatment for acute morning sickness, by posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and getting put through to the Duchess of Cambridge’s ward.

The presenters, who work for Sydney station 2Day FM, said they didn’t expect to convince anybody they were the monarch and her oldest child with some put-on accents and background corgi noises. But hospital staffers never saw through the ruse, and put the call through to Kate’s private nurse, who gave the radio hosts an update on the Duchess’ condition.

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The two-minute conversation is utterly ridiculous. “Oh hello there, could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter,” asks 2Day FM host Mel Greig, pretending to be the Queen. She is told, “Oh yes. Hold on,” whereby she continues, “Kate my darling, are you there?” A clearly nervous nurse is all too eager to offer assistance: “Good morning ma’am, this is a nurse speaking. How may I help you?”

And so it goes. They chat about Kate’s condition (“She hasn’t had any retching with me since I’ve been on duty,” we learn) and visiting hours (“When is a good time to come and visit her because I’m the Queen and I need a lift down there”). The low point – and there are many –must be when Greig’s co-host Michael Christian, posing as Prince Charles, gets involved. “Is Wills still there, or has he gone home. I haven’t spoken to him yet,” he asks. Co-presenter Greig then wonders, “When are you going to walk those bloody corgis?” which receives the response, “Mummy, I’ll go and take the dogs outside.”

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In the aftermath, both the radio station and hospital appeared contrite. The presenters Grieg and Christian said, “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 radio station also said it “sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused.” John Lofthouse, chief executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital, said, “This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.” On a more serious level, Lofthouse later filmed a video message where he confirmed that the matter was “technically… a breach of patient confidentiality” though the information disclosed was “already in the public domain.” As for the royal couple, a spokesman said they wouldn’t be making a comment.

It’s not the first time in which the royal family have been the target of hoax callers. Back in 1995 Canadian DJ Pierre Brassard, pretending to be then Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, was put through to the Queen at Buckingham Palace for a good 15 minute chat.

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12 comments
superbike5
superbike5

I am so unmoved by the djs interview.  They should of waited to get permission from the hospital before they aired this ridiculous interview.  They went ahead anyway  I hope they both lose their jobs and the radio station shuts down.   Choices and consequenses.

superbike5
superbike5

I hope your satisfied! You pathetic ridiculous, childish individuals.   Have you nothing better to do in your country than try and mock the royal family?  I am proud of my royal family and am especially proud of the NHS  and the amazing caring nurses who are so special to us.  Shame on you you ignorant race

DanMan'99
DanMan'99

lol there's some seriously gullible staff there :)

kezzie40
kezzie40 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@DanMan'99 ...... the nurse whom put that call through has been found dead....not so funny now.

Lisa_JDC
Lisa_JDC

She had other options. This incident was not worth KILLING herself over. She hadn't even been reprimanded by the hospital. Clearly she had a few screws loose and other things going on.

superbike5
superbike5

@Lisa_JDC @superbike5 @kimmy.kay679 She obviously had other issues in her life and this tipped her over the edge.  I can't believe you are so cold towards this poor woman.  How would you feel if this was your daughter, sister?  I have seen the news here and her family are so devastated.  You are clearly showing your ignorance and in future if your countrymen want to mock anyone you should look to your own people and government.. you are a disgrace

Lisa_JDC
Lisa_JDC

@superbike5 @Lisa_JDC @kimmy.kay679 The "poor nurse" should have maybe WAITED to even SEE if she was in "terrible trouble". She wasn't--and the hospital made it clear to her that she WASN'T. But she's opted to kill herself anyway. One less dumb bitch in the world.

superbike5
superbike5

@Lisa_JDC @kimmy.kay679 @superbike5 Irresponsible.  They are adults and should be able to see the consequences.  It is all about ratings and they should lose their jobs.  The poor nurse probably thought she would be in terrible trouble for putting them through.  It  tipped her over the edge and they have blood on their hands.  Your such an ignorant, rude and arrogant race.  Learn from your mistakes.

Lisa_JDC
Lisa_JDC

@kimmy.kay679 @superbike5 The DJs didn't do anything except pull a stupid prank. The woman CHOSE to kill herself. Her children are now motherless because of her OWN ACTIONS-not the DJs.

kimmy.kay679
kimmy.kay679

@Lisa_JDC @superbike5  Well she obvs didn't think it was pretty trival did she. Its disgusting!! and I hope the DJS are happy with what they have done. It wasn't even funny!!!!

superbike5
superbike5

@Lisa_JDC She was a good, kind person how dare you judge when you don't even know her