London police asked their Australian counterparts to review whether any of the nation’s laws were broken when a Sydney radio station made a prank phone call to the U.K. hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was staying.
The Metropolitan Police Service sent a file yesterday to the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales police regarding the hoax call, the MPS said in a statement today. A nurse at London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital, who took the call, committed suicide shortly after the incident last December.
Radio hosts at Southern Cross Media Group Ltd. (SXL), Mel Greig and Michael Christian, impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the call seeking details about the health of the former Kate Middleton, the pregnant wife of Charles’s son William, second in line to the British throne.
In February, prosecutors decided not to press charges against Greig and Christian in the U.K. following an investigation by the MPS.
“However misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank,” Malcolm McHaffie, Crown Prosecution Service deputy head of special crime, said at the time. “The consequences in this case were very sad.”
The presenters never expected to be put through, according to an interview broadcast Dec. 10 on Nine Entertainment Co.’s “A Current Affair.”
“There’s not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through,” Greig said, according to the transcript. “The thought we may have played a part in that is gut wrenching.”
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