British prosecutors are weighing whether to press charges in the wake of the death of a hospital nurse who fielded a call from two disc jockeys pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles checking up on the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, police said today.
The Australian DJs, 2DayFM's Mel Greig and Michael Christian, phoned London's King Edward VII hospital in the early hours of Dec. 4 to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, who had been hospitalized after suffering from acute morning sickness.
The DJs' shaky upper-crust accents were apparently enough to fool 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha. The nurse put their call through to a colleague, who in turn described the details of Kate's condition.
The call — complete with the DJs' laughter at their luck — went viral and was broadcast the world over. But the incident took a darker turn after Saldanha's body was found hanging in her room three days after the prank.
Greig and Christian apologized for the prank in emotional interviews on Australian television, saying they never expected their call would be put through. The show was taken off the air and the DJs have been suspended.
In a statement, London's Metropolitan Police said that they had submitted a file to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service "to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the hoax call."
It's not clear what charges, if any, prosecutors were considering. The force said they would be making no further comment.