Can you even imagine what it’s like to be a nurse treating the expectant mother of the possible future King or Queen of England? It’s not like any hospital nurses have easy gigs as it is, what with the long hours and bodily fluids and being responsible for people’s health. Sure, the staff at King Edward VII’s hospital were probably initially excited that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, would be treated for her extreme morning sickness at their facility, but then the pressure was on to get her back in royal shape. Which is why we are not amused at all by the prank pulled by Australian 2Day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian yesterday morning.
The DJs somehow acquired the phone number of Kate’s ward and called to see if, using terrible accents pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, they could get an update on her health. To their astonishment, they were put through to a nurse, who cheerfully responded to their questions about the duchess’ “tummy bug.” “She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night,” the woman told Greig. “She’s been given some fluids, she’s stable at the moment.”
Today, the hospital released a statement acknowledging that they fell for the prank. “This call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.”
Now, the poor nurse didn’t reveal much more info than you’d expect a publicist to release, but man, she must be dying of remorse right about now. But it’s not her fault! She’d been up all night taking care of an ailing pregnant woman and someone just handed her the phone. For their part the DJs feel bad that such a stir was caused too, since they clearly didn’t think things would go that far. “We were very surprised that our call was put through, we thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”
So basically, we expect whoever answers the phones at King Edward VII is in deep …
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