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Royal hoax nurse inquest to begin


The inquest into a nurse found dead after answering a hoax call for the Duchess of Cambridge while she was in hospital for acute morning sickness is to begin.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in her staff housing shortly after she was tricked into revealing details of Kate’s stay at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.

The mother-of-two was the first nurse to answer a call by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Philip for an on-air prank.

She passed them on to a second nurse on Kate’s ward, who was duped into giving out details of her medical condition.

Mrs Saldanha’s body was found hanging on December 7, 2012 - three days after she took the call.

MP Keith Vaz said the family have faced a “long road” for the inquest following repeated delays.

“This inquest will finally take place after a wait of over 21 months,” he said.

“It is has been a long road for the family and I deeply admire the patience, humility and dignity they have shown throughout this traumatic time. It is right that they finally gain closure.”

This week Clarence House announced that Kate and the Duke of Cambridge are expecting their second child and she is again suffering from acute morning sickness.

Mr Vaz said the Saldanha family wanted to pass on their “heartfelt congratulations” to the royal couple.

“Jacintha’s family were delighted to hear the news, announced this week, that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child, and want to pass on their heartfelt congratulations to the couple.”

The inquest, scheduled for two days, will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice.

The two presenters are not expected to give evidence at the hearing.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Surely KATE is The Duchess.

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  • Surely this is yet again an example where nurses are expected to do everything including answering phones. One would have thought with such a high profile patient, the hospital would be more prepared for intrusive press. Nurses have to perform all their duties plus field calls.... No wonder their nice nature is taken advantage off

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