Kate Middleton's duped nurse found dead

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 09:07 hrs

A nurse who took a prank call at the London hospital seeking information on Kate Middleton's hospitalisation that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife for morning sickness has been found dead, the hospital said on Friday.

The death, which police said they were treating as unexplained, comes days after the King Edward VII hospital apologised after falling for the call from an Australian radio station and revealing details about Kate´s condition.

On Tuesday, Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital at 5:30 a.m. as part of their show and put on British accents and pretended to be the Queen of England and Prince Charles, asking to speak with "my granddaughter Kate".

The nurse Jacintha Saldanha who was working at the reception desk at the time, provided details about Middleton´s condition that were broadcast on the air and audio of the prank call was published by several websites Wednesday and Thursday.

In a statement, Britain´s Prince William and his wife Kate said on Friday they were "deeply saddened" by the death of the nurse.

"Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha´s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time," said a statement from Prince William´s office.

Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of British throne´s successor Prince Williams, is expecting, the mother-to-be was admitted in a hospital with severe morning sickness on Monday, fuelling also speculations that she might be delivering twins.

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