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Royal Prank Radio Boss Says '**** Happens'
The boss of a media company whose radio station made a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth has come under fire after telling shareholders: "**** happens".
Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of Southern Cross Media, mentioned the prank by 2Day FM DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig as he spoke to shareholders in Australia.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who put the presenters through to a colleague thinking they were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, was found dead three days after information about Kate's condition was revealed.
The mother-of-two is believed to have taken her own life.
Asked about Ms Saldanha's death, which led to a global backlash against 2Day FM, Mr Moore-Wilton told an AGM in Melbourne: "These incidents were unfortunate, no doubt about that.
"But in the immortal words of someone whose identity I cannot recall, **** happens."
MP Keith Vaz, who started helping Ms Saldanha's family soon after her death, branded the comments "an insult to the memory of a loving mother and wife".
"The radio station has clearly not learnt the lessons from this incident," he said.
"Mr Moore-Wilton must apologise for his comments immediately."
Ms Saldanha reportedly criticised Mr Christian and Ms Greig in one of several notes left in nurses' quarters at King Edward VII Hospital, London, where her body was found in December last year.
An inquest into her death has been postponed twice and a new date has yet to be set.
Ms Greig is expected to travel to London to give evidence at the hearing, which will also hear from the nurse who was duty on the night Ms Saldanha died.