Are the Australian radio DJ’s responsible for Kate Middleton’s nurse’s suicide?
If you’ve been following the story, then you know that two radio DJ’s called into Kate’s hospital and pranked the nurse who answered, telling her that they were the Queen and her husband. They received information on Kate’s condition and was then put straight through to her room. The next day, she committed suicide right outside of the hospital where she worked.
It was a harmless prank at the time, but should they be held responsible for the tragedy that ensued?
The radio station has already suspended the DJ’s “until further notice” and has canceled their show for the time being. On Monday, the DJ’s, Mel Greig and Michael Christian apologized for the hoax phone call made to King Edward VII Hospital. At the time, they said that they thought their accents were so poor that they wouldn’t have gotten through to the Duchess at all.
The nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, transferred the DJ’s to Kate’s nurse, who then divulged health information with regard to the Duchess. Afterward, the DJ’s boasted about the prank and replayed it all for the world to hear.
Mel said, “I have thought about this a million times in my head, that I just wanted to reach out to her family and just give them a big hug and say sorry. The thought we may have played a part in her death is gut-wrenching.”
Michael added that he was “shattered, heartbroken” and said, “The joke 100% was on us. The idea was never, ‘Let’s call up and get through to Kate’, or ‘Let’s speak to a nurse.’ The joke was our accents are horrible, they don’t sound anything like who they’re intended to be.”
What are your thoughts on this sad situation?