Nightly News | December 07, 2012
>>> it was the prank call heard around the world, made by two australian morning radio hosts who called the british hospital where kate middleton , the duchess of cambridge, was being treated. they did a terrible act of the queen and prince charles , despite how wrong it sounded, two nurses took it very seriously. they took it professionally, as far as they were concerned they were on the phone with the queen. and they acted like it. and now this story took a tragic turn. our report from michelle kosinski from new york.
>> reporter: what began today was a terrible tragedy , the nurse who took the prank call from the australian djs now apparently has taken her own life. her voice was heard for only a moment, taking the call and transferring it to a nurse in kate 's ward.
>> may i please speak to kate , my granddaughter?
>> oh, yes, hold on.
>> reporter: she was jacintha saldanha, in her forties, a mother of two. she had worked there at the hospital. they were supportive of her.
>> she was a first class nurse that cared for hundreds of patients during her time with us.
>> reporter: a statement from the palace says that the duke and duchess were saddened, add adding that they were taken well care of at the hospital. nobody complained how the hospital handled the prank saying on the contrary we offered our full support to the nurse's involved. in australia, the djs who made the comments were shocked. their facebook pages filled with comments. the radio show said they would not return to work until further notice, out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy. here in britain, it was staggering. because how it highlighted the weakness, it also showed the kindness and unsuspecting willingness to help.
>> if it was found that she took her life because of the prank call , i think the people in the communications industries should carefully look at themselves.
>> reporter: the word of of the news, and kate 's pregnancy, now touched by tragedy. london.