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Pregnant Kate: Hospital Admits Falling For Prank
Prank callers have managed to trick hospital staff treating the Duchess of Cambridge into revealing detailed information about her condition.
Australian radio DJs impersonating the Queen and Prince of Wales were given an update about Kate, who was admitted to London's King Edward VII on Monday with severe morning sickness.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney's 2Day FM were transferred to a duty nurse who divulged details of how doctors were treating the duchess.
The hospital has said it "deplores" the stunt and will be conducting a review of its phone system.
As Prince William arrived to visit his wife as she spends her third day in hospital, St James's Palace declined to comment on the incident.
He left just after 5pm after spending five hours with his wife.
A spokesman for the hospital said: "King Edward VII's Hospital Sister Agnes can confirm that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
"This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII's Hospital deeply regrets this incident."
John Lofthouse, chief executive at King Edward VII's Hospital, said: "This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols."
Michael Christian has been posting congratulatory Tweets and reports of the prank from around the world on his Twitter page.
He tweeted: "Can't believe we got put through!"
The DJs and their radio station have since apologised - saying the hosts had "the best intentions".
Mel Greig and Michael Christian 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."
In a statement, 2Day FM said: "2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the inquiry to Kate's hospital, the radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best."
Earlier today Kate's sister Pippa and her brother James spent an hour visiting her in the hospital.
The Duchess' parents Carole and Michael Middleton are thought to have visited their daughter on Tuesday.
Knowingly or recklessly obtaining personal information without consent is an offence under Section 55 of Data Protection Act 1998, punishable by a fine of up to £5,000.
During the debate over UK press standards, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called for those guilty of obtaining personal information by deception - known as "blaggers" - to be jailed.
what do you think?
Allan Booth - Staff
She's up the duff... she is throwing up Whats the secret BOO HOO .... most have to put up with morning sickness. oh how the other half live
Judging from your name Allan, I assume you mean the other half of the species?!
Unless It's a miracle :)
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Your getting me worried now.i hope these are sympathy pains im getting?????????
Yes but it is royal vomit and that is different :D
Royal vomit! Haha! Good one Valerie! :-)
Quality stuff Julie LOL
They are auctioning bags of it at southeby's next week-- guide price £5k
As an NHS worker I would NEVER give details over the phone purely for the reason that you can never be sure who is at the other end.
Even if the queen was other end :)
Ha ha I'm sure I've had a few queens at the end of the phone in my job :D
Hahaaaaa Valerie!:-) x
How unprofessional of the hospital! This is disgraceful behaviour by journalists from outside the UK, so it shows that Leveson has wasted his time and OUR money.
How can a British inquiry into British press standards be responsible for an Australian radio station? Come off it!
C learly, you don't get the point. Obviously Leveson cannot be responsible for an Australian radio station, and as we can't control what the media do outside the UK, applying ever stricter standards here won't work. Comprehension isn't your strong point, is it?
Have these two idiots even considered, that as well as wasting the time of hospital staff, they might also have been preventing relatives of this young lady from getting through to the hospital??. Grow up and get a proper job.................
What? In the early hours of the morning? Nah!
How do you know it was in the early hours of the morning ???
Duh! Read the article!
Fair enough Julie but it was still, in my opinion, a stupid and idiotic thing to do. They tied up the telephone thus preventing anyone else getting through and took up the time of a nurse who no doubt had better things to do. For me, it's the same as ringing someone's doorbell and running away - childish...............
Oh my sympathy pains are coming on again.
ha ha Oh Shaun you are such a Diva LOL
I cant recall ever being called a diva before.valerie
Breathe Shaun breathe! :-)
I suppose it might seem funnier if you're in Australia.
C'mon Adrian, did you hear the accents? It was funny.
Don't think so. I heard some of it. You get all these kids online making nuisance phone calls to people and I think, "How is that a joke?" Bothering people isn't funny, is it? Is it funny to spend ages reading the news on April 1st then find most of it wasn't real?
Get over your selves it was just a laugh
A bloody good one, at that! :-)
Big deal over nothing. Who cares.
Aww, t bulgin bless! :-)
The amount of times I've tried to enquire after family while in hospital only to be told 'we don't give out that sort of information' only for these two idiots with questionable accents to get through to a VIP is astounding. Really, as if the Queen or the Prince of Wales would telephone personally. And, to Allan Booth, the DoC is suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is very different to morning sickness. Judging by your name (unless a it's a pseudonym) you will fortunately never have to experience.
Here here ! Well said !
Brillaint I just love the Aussies!! All the top security surrounding the Royals and two aussie dj's phone up and get through by impersonating Liz and Charlie.. Classic. And Mr Gordon Wright, smile!! It was a joke a prank, no different from Candid Camera or Beadles About. The girl isnt dying so it wasn't stopping realtives getting through, anyone think she's been given the last rites by your comments...
Made me laugh too! :-)
Mr Darren Davies, I like a joke as much as the next person but nurses and medical staff have better things to do than answer questions from two Antipodean idiots looking for cheap laughs. It doesn't matter whether she was dying or not, her parents will still be concerned for her and the unborn child. By tying up the telephone in this way, they are preventing those close to the patient from getting through and wasting the time of the staff. Perhaps you might think differently if you were the one trying to get through to enquire about a relative but I don't suppose that occurred to you.
Smile Mr Gordon Wright and the whole world with smile with you.... :-)
Mr Davies, Show something funny and I will be happy to laugh. Has it not occurred to you that the person who released the information may now face disiplinary action or even dismissal over this??. The hospital will be very embarassed and may well be looking for a scapegoat.............
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I knew we would get this all nine month from the Press Leave it alone and find some news
Is she going to be known as " pregnant Kate" now? :-0
The royal family make me want to vomit too.
Yes i hope you are taken seriously ill as well
Really bad they could have been terrorists or god knows what
Terrorists? Ha ha! There are none! Just a mind control game that has you hook line and sinker.
And 4 others judging by the thumbs down
Phone terrorists...ooh scary. What exactly could terrorists do down a telephone line?
Tell you there is a monster in your closet Jo, boooo.
what idiots, they might think its a great joke, but, not to kates family i am sure... dont listen to them and i hope their program get shut down for such a sick stunt...
Now don't be silly....
Off with their heads !
Oh it's too funny!
Was it the two guys from the fosters advert, haha! Love those two!
Yeah, wills might have phoned them up for advice.
ha ha yes I love those two guys. Quality adverts
Looking at this from a sensible point of view it was a prank no harm done.....on the other side it will teach the hospital a lesson in patient confidentiality
is this all were going here is this baby rubbish.
...it's like the second coming!
Should have gone to NHS they never give out patient information over the phone, John Lofthouse should be looking at staff not complaining about the media.
Of course anyone thought it could be Harry put them up to it,get even for Wills crack about Uni.