The Palace is now really up in arms.
A nurse, Jacintha Saldanha who transferred a prank phone call from two Australian dj’s Mel Grieg and Michael Christian from Sydney radio outlet 2Day FM about the well being of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has today been found dead two days after the dupe. At present her death is believed to be the consequence of suicide.
According to the UK’s dailymail the body of Jacintha Saldanha was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.
The King Edward VII hospital, who were not believed to be disciplining the mother of two over the incident, said it announced her death with ‘very deep sadness.’
Releasing a statement the hospital offered the following: ‘Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.’
It is understood that Jacintha had worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was considered an excellent nurse by her peers and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.
John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital, added: ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.’
Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, offered: ‘This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.’
Pursuant to the prank call, in a bid to quell viewer remorse and disgust at once again relentless media targeting of Kate Middleton the Australian radio station went on to apologize for the ‘inconvenience’ that the call caused.
Said the outlet: ’2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the enquiry to Kate’s hospital. The radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best.”
It is also understood that the radio outlet, as owned by Southern Cross Austereo has a checkered history involving content, having been disciplined three years ago when a 14-year-old girl was coaxed, on-the-air, into admitting she’d been raped.
Ultimately one has to wonder about the consequences of the media straying too far from decorum and courteous righteous behavior in causing distress and peril to innocent victims. Maybe it was all in good jest and maybe the outlet couldn’t resist the jibe and raising its ratings but one has to wonder should it now be forced to accept responsibility for their actions? Or to put it another way, shouldn’t the outlet at least wondered about the affront, and potential damage it risked causing with this simple ‘prank?’ Which raises another question, how and what exactly has the media landscape morphed into these days….?
Then there were these comments via the web that caught my attention as well:
This death is all to do with how the media and others poured scorn on the ladies at the hospital who handled the call, and about how the hospital managed things with her. The prank was innocent fun, and should have been laughed away as the Princes of Wales did. The DJs had no idea that this might be the consequence. My heart goes out to all who have to live with the consequences that could never have been predicted.
I love how all of you perfect little princesses with your over developed senses of propriety get all indignant about something that YOU don’t happen to agree with, especially when it comes to something as subjective as art or comedy.
Radio jocks and tv shows have been doing this kind of stuff for decades. We, as a society, have got to stop making people “victims” who have no accountability for their own actions. No one in a million years would expect a stable, healthy person (especially working in health care) to take such an extreme reaction. Unless of course, her job was threatened by the hospital, in which case THEY own as much of this. In short, get over it.