Two Australian DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Charles, as they phoned London’s King Edward VII hospital in December to ask about the condition of Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, wife of Charles’ son William. Kate had been hospitalised for treatment of acute morning sickness.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who put the call through to a colleague who in turn described the details of Kate’s condition, was found dead in her room three days after the prank was broadcast across the world.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter, and despite “some evidence” to warrant further investigation of offences under Britain’s data protection act and malicious communications act, any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.
DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig apologised after Saldanha’s death in emotional interviews on Australian television, saying they never expected their call would be put through.