Nightly News | December 08, 2012
>>> been good for some sophomoric giggles a few days ago devolved into a horrible tragedy yesterday. and now tonight simple outrage. it centers on that radio station prank call earlier this week to the hospital that was treating kate , the duchess of cambridge. an australian deejay managed to convince the nurses on the other end of the line that she was the queen herself. in the wake of the painful conversation that followed, one of the nurses humiliated by that on-air prank is dead. and tonight we're learning more about who she is as the fallout from this sad episode grows in both the uk and australia. nbc's annabel roberts is covering the story for us tonight from london. annab annabel, good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, lester. the chief executive of this hospital has described the decision to broadcast the hoax call as appalling. he's written a letter to the boss of the radio station in australia, saying the consequences were tragic beyond words. prince william tonight attended a gala benefit without kate . she's resting at home, not well enough to join him. surrounded by tennis greats , this should have marked the end of a joyful week. when the world found out kate is pregnant. but the death of jacintha saldanha changed that.
>> hello, good morning.
>> reporter: the nurse answered the prank call made by two australian radio deejays to the hospital where kate was being treated for morning sickness . they pretended to be the king and queen . saldanha put them through. two days later, she was found dead in her apartment near the hospital.
>> no one could really foresee what actually happened in this case. it's incredibly tragic.
>> reporter: the question questions this. its cheer executive wrote to the australian broadcaster to discover that the call had been prerecorded and the transmission to approve was truly appalling. the consequence, he said, was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses.
>> i suppose the standard of what is too far might be the good old-fashioned standard of would you want somebody to do this to you?
>> reporter: jacintha saldanha 's family home is in the west of england . she was in her 40s and had two school-age children. in sydney, the deejays have been taken off the air until further notice. the backlash against them furious.
>> in the long run, they've got to be really careful what they do, be careful who they ring and just think about the consequences.
>> reporter: even the australian prime minister has called it a tragedy. back in london, a single bunch of flowers at the building where saldanha died marks a tragedy that has broad repercussions. tonight, jacintha saldanha 's husband says he is devastated by her loss and that she will be buried in her native india. meantime, many here are facing difficult questions about the circumstances of her death.