A nurse who fell victim to a prank call about the Duchess of Cambridge has been found dead.
Police are treating the case as unexplained, though they are not looking for anyone else.
On Wednesday Jacintha Saldanha was looking after Prince William’s wife Kate – who was suffering from morning sickness – when two Australian DJs called the hospital impersonating The Queen and Prince Charles.
Believing the call was genuine she then transferred the call to the ward where Kate was staying where another nurse gave information about Kate’s condition.
News of the prank was reported widely in the media but it is understood she had not been suspended or disciplined by the hospital.
John Lofthouse, Chief Executive of King Edward VII Hospital
“The hospital had been supporting her through this very difficult time. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. Every one is shocked by the loss of the much loved and valuable colleague”.
The royal couple said they were looked after “wonderfully well” at the King Edward VII hospital and are “deeply saddened” by the news.
Adding that their “thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues.”