What Happened To Kate Middleton’s Nurse In December 2012

Date May 24, 2019 09:48

This unfortunate but nonetheless absurd incident happened in December 2012. It reminds us that everything we do has implications and affects us and other people. Sometimes even a silly joke can lead to tragedy...

Back then, public attention was focused on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge largely because Kate Middleton was expecting a baby. This joyful news was announced on December 3, 2012, and people from all over the world started to wonder about the future child’s gender, appearance, and name.

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On December 4, 2012, hosts of the Australian TV show Hot30 Countdown called King Edward VII’s Hospital in London as Kate was not feeling well during pregnancy, according to some media. Jacintha Saldanha, one of the nurses, picked up the phone and heard the voices of a man and a woman. The hosts introduced themselves as Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.


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Mel Greig started a conversation:

Oh hello there, could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter.

Jacintha responded without hesitation:

Oh yes. Hold on ma'am

And transferred the call to Kate’s nurse.

The pranksters talked to the nurse for about two minutes.

After the hospital chief executive learned about this prank, he condemned the whole situation as an act of “journalistic trickery.”

On December 6, the radio station issued an official apology for their actions. It is also known that neither Jacintha nor another nurse was disciplined by the hospital management.

But on December 7, Jacintha was found dead in the hospital. She left three notes. In one of them, she blamed the radio hosts for her death, the other one included her wishes for funeral arrangements, and the third one was directed to her employer with criticism of their poor handling of the situation.

This case caused a massive backlash, but despite all the appeals from partial people, Mel and Mike didn’t face any charges. Jacintha had a husband, 14-year-old son, and 12-year-old daughter.

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Perhaps, we will never know what Jacinta felt or how her superiors spoke with her. For all of us, this is another reminder that even an innocent joke can turn tragic.