Australian Kate hoax DJ 'truly sorry' over nurse's suicide

12th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

An Australian radio DJ who made a prank call to Prince William's pregnant wife Kate after which a nurse was found hanged wept on Friday as she said she was "truly sorry".

Mel Greig pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II in a call to the London hospital treating Kate in December 2012.

But the nurse who transferred the call to another medic caring for her, Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged three days later.

Greig was speaking after the inquest at the High Court in London into her death ruled that Saldanha's death was a suicide.

"I really just wanted to say I am truly sorry, I've wanted to say that for so long," she said, addressing the mother of two's family in tears.

"This tragedy will always stay with me and serve as a constant reminder.

"To the second nurse involved, I am so deeply sorry for what you have had to endure. I pray you have found the strength to live on as best you can.

"I was always concerned about the wellbeing of both nurses and I wish I'd tried harder to stop that prank from being aired."

Greig and 2Day FM co-host Michael Christian posed as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles on the phone and were able to get details of Kate's condition on air.

Greig has previously said she suffered feelings of depression and guilt in the aftermath of the death. She quit her job and sued her employer over workplace safety.

Royal officials announced Monday that Kate is pregnant with her second child but is again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.

This is the same condition that caused her to be hospitalised in 2012 when she was pregnant with her first child Prince George.

© 2014 AFP

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