Most of us were overjoyed to hear of the pregnancy of Princess Katherine and Prince William. The news itself was released earlier than the couple initially wanted after Kate’s admission into London’s exclusive King Edward VII Hospital for extreme morning sickness. The couple realised it would only be a matter of time before this information was leaked to the media.
This situation set up a perfect storm and during the whirlwind of media frenzy a young woman died.
I am sure that you have often been driving in your car listening to the radio and heard a prank call the DJ’s have played on an unsuspecting victim. In the past I’ve heard of the husband who requested flowers be sent to his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day (unfortunately his wife was listening in as part of the prank) or the young woman in tears because she thought they had failed the immigration test and they were going to be deported….all this pales in comparison to the most recent prank to go horribly wrong.
On Monday, 2Day FM jocks Mel Greig and Michael Christian thought they would give the hospital a call and pretend to be the Queen and ask how Kate was doing. It was 5:30am in the morning and only nursing staff were on to answer the phone. That fateful day Jacintha Saldanha answered and was advise it was the Queen checking up on her grand-daughter. Jacintha put the call through to the ward where the nurse on duty advised “the Queen” at length of Princess Kate’s condition.
It was seen as a cheeky prank…..Prince Charles himself joked later that day “How do you know I’m not a radio station” when asked Kate’s condition. Unfortunately, no one thought of the impact this would have on the staff who were duped by the pranksters.
Jacintha was found dead today in an apparent suicide just a few blocks away from where she put the fateful call through to Kate’s ward. In the aftermath the radio jocks have removed themselves from the air, the station has posted a heartfelt apology to her husband and two children, the Palace and Hospital stated they were deeply shocked and people are outraged.
But really, who could have predicted this would happen? Did the DJ’s go too far or was it just a prank gone horribly wrong? Regardless of your thoughts I am certain we will be hearing a lot more of this situation in the coming days. My sincere condolences go out to those affected the death of this beautiful angel of mercy.