Radio hosts who instigated the Kate Middleton “royal prank” have deleted their Twitter accounts following the suicide of the nurse who answered their call. Outrage over the prank in the hours and days following its airing are nothing compared to the fury the two DJs are facing now.
Hosts, Mel Greig and Michael Christian are hiding from the backlash that has taken over the social-networking site. The two felt no shame in the days after the prank and did everything they could to promote it, using the hashtag, royalprank. In the hours before the nurse was found, Christian was promoting the prank. It is certainly wasn’t funny then and now, it is a nightmare. In fact, what is even more disgusting, in the hours following the news of the tragic death, 2Day FM Radio is still boasting about the prank.
Jacintha Saldanha took her own life and left behind a husband and two children two days after the prank. She just happened to be helping out with the phone lines at 5:30 am on the morning that forever changed her life. She had been taking care of patients for more than four years at the hospital and certainly did not deserve to be disrespected by some silly hosts all for a laugh. Ridiculous.
A spokesperson for Kate Middleton and Prince William have released a statement about the situation and want everybody to know they are not to blame for the woman’s suicide. “Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. On the contrary we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”
Dr. Peter Carter of the Royal College of Nursing issued a stern statement that fully places the blame of this tragic death at the door of the pranksters, “It is deeply saddening that a simple human error due to a cruel hoax could lead to the death of a dedicated and caring member of the nursing profession.”
Do the Australian DJs deserve to be punished for their prank? A petition has been started calling for the two to be fired.