Two Australian DJs apparently phoned the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, the grandmother and father of Prince William.
The DJs were dispatched to the Duchess of Cambridge's personal nursing staff and were given private details regarding the mother-to-be's condition and care.
The distraught nurse who was found dead was the person who initially put the call through to Kate Middleton's ward. The family has since been contacted.
The radio staff apologized for the prank on Wednesday in light of the tragic news and stated that "it was done with light-hearted intentions."
This is deplorable and it's safe to say there is nothing light-hearted about this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the nurse's family.
UPDATE #1: Law enforcement sources are NOT conducting a criminal investigation into the nurse's death at this point, and believe there was no foul play.
An autopsy is expected to be conducted in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Kate and William's rep said "Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."
UPDATE #2: The two Australian DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank that led to the suicide of a nurse are suspending themselves effective immediately.
Southern Cross Austereo says "SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital."
The DJs are reportedly both "deeply shocked" over the tragedy.
The company adds, "SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."