A Right Royal Prank: Whose To Blame For Duchess Kate Radio Hoax?
“She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night,” the nurse told 2Day FM DJ Mel Greig, who was impersonating the Queen.
John Lofthouse, the hospital’s chief executive, released the following statement: “This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”
While St. James’s Palace declined to comment on the matter, former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter told the Daily Mail that is was “a shocking breach of security.”
“The Royal Family have been clients of the King Edward VII Hospital for many, many years and it simply beggars belief that a member of the public could call up and obtain details of the Duchess’s medical condition in this way.”
Apparently a legal team vetted the pre-recorded call before allowing it to air from Sydney, but the duo released a statement of apology after the incident went down.
“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” the statement read. “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.”
Read the full transcript of the call, as well as audio, after the jump.
Mel Greig: “Hello there, could I please speak to Kate my granddaughter.”
Hospital: Oh yes, just hold on a moment
Michael Christian: Are they putting us through?
Mel Greig: Yes
Christian: [laughs] If this has worked, it’s the easiest prank call we’ve ever made. Your accent sucked by the way. [laughs]
Greig: I’m not used to playing old 80-year-olds.
“Queen”: Kate my darling, are you there.
Nurse: Good morning ma’am, this is a nurse speaking. How may I help you?
“Queen”: Hello, I’m just after my granddaughter Kate, I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.
Nurse: She’s sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. Sleep is good. She has been given fluids to rehydrate her.
“Queen”: OK, I’ll just feed my little corgis then. [Christian barks in the background pretending to be a corgi] When is a good time to come and visit her, because I’m the Queen so I need a lift down there. Prince Charles, Charles.
Christian, pretending to be Prince of Wales: Mummy, is everything OK?
“Queen”: Oh wait my Charles, when can you take me to the hospital Charles?
“Charles”: When will it be alright to come down and see her? Maybe in the morning, if that’s ok?
Nurse: I would suggest that any time after nine o’clock would be suitable, because the doctor will be in in the morning, and will just be getting her freshened up in the morning. I would think any time after nine.
“Charles”: “Is Wills still there, or has he gone home? I haven’t spoken to him yet.
Nurse: He went home at about half past nine, probably about nine o’clock last night.
“Charles”: Lovely, but they’re all ok, everything’s all right?
Nurse: Yes she is quite stable at the night, she hasn’t had any retching with me and she has been sleeping on and off. I think it’s difficult sleeping in a strange bed as well.
“Charles”: Yes, of course, it’s hardly the Palace is it?
“Queen”: It’s nothing like the Palace is it Charles. When are you going to walk those bloody corgis?
“Charles”: Mumsy, I’ll go and take the dogs outside.
“Queen”: I need to go visit Kate in the morning. My dear, thank you so much. Thank you. Bye
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