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Death of Jacintha Saldanha, Nurse Who Took Royal Prank Call, Ruled Suicide

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead after answering a prank call from two Australian radio presenters about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy.
/ Source: Reuters

LONDON — A nurse found dead in her home after answering a prank call from two Australian DJs about Kate Middleton's first pregnancy two years ago committed suicide, an inquest ruled on Friday. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Saldanha put the call through to a colleague who disclosed details of Middleton's condition during treatment for an extreme form of morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy, making headlines around the world. The inquest at London's High Court, which Greig attended, heard the nurse blamed herself for the incident. Giving her suicide ruling, Coroner Fiona Wilcox said: "the hoax call was clearly pressing on her mind."

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