The UK woke up to shocking news this morning: the receptionist who was duped by two Australian radio jocks claiming to be the queen has reportedly committed suicide.
The receptionist, whose name has not been released, was found this morning at 9:30 am, unconscious at an address close to the King Edward VII Hospital where she worked.
Earlier this week, the Australian DJs made the call to the private hospital acting as the Queen and Prince Charles, hoping to speak to Kate Middleton. With shaky accents, the DJs asked the receptionist to speak to the Duchess, who then put the call through to a nurse who divulged personal medical information about Middleton’s condition.
News of the prank spread quickly, as the DJs boasted on social media, but public outrage prompted an apology from them later:
In an apology issued before the news of the nurse’s death broke, the DJs said, “We were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues, and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
And, since the public apology, the Aussie radio DJ’s have gone silent. According to TMZ:
The two Australian DJs at the center of the Kate Middleton hospital prank have gone RADIO SILENT since news broke that the nurse at the hospital committed suicide.
The DJs are under serious fire after pulling off a stunt where they pretended to be the Queen of England (fake voice and all) and duped nurse Jacintha Saldanha into connecting them to the people treating Middleton, who revealed details about Kate’s condition.
TMZ called the Australian radio station where the DJs work … and were told by the executive producer that the DJs will NOT be taking any calls, period.
The E.P. explained … the DJs have been “ordered” not to speak to the media. It’s unclear who issued the order.
The producer added, “I advise you to stop trying to call them.”
It is not confirmed whether or not the phone call and subsequent firestorm it created pushed the receptionist to her death, but do you think they took it too far?