Kate hospital receptionist who was duped by Australian DJs’ prank phone call dies in suspected suicide


The Daily Mail.

Spivs Comment

Although its very sad, I find it hard to believe that she would have killed herself  just because she fell for a hoax call. Mind you she was a bit gullible and should have known that Biz Liz just doesn’t pick up the phone and ring people. Then again, she may have been suicided to stop people taking the piss… Silly really, cos they make it so easy. Or, she could have been going to do it anyway. Tragic. However, just so everyone know’s I have no plans to top myself so if ya read in the papers that I have, start asking questions, Ok yah. 

A receptionist at the private hospital which treated the Duchess of Cambridge has died in a suspected suicide – two days after being duped by an amateurish hoax from an Australian radio station.

The woman’s unconscious body was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.

The emergency services were called and two ambulances were despatched to the central London residence.

Patrol: Police officers walk outside King Edward VII hospital, on the day the receptionist duped by Australian DJs died in a suspected suicide
Tragedy: The receptionist was found unconscious and later died after handling a prank call by Australian radio DJs concerning the condition of Kate Middleton as she was treated for extreme morning sicknessTragedy: The receptionist was found unconscious and later died after handling a prank call by Australian radio DJs concerning the condition of Kate Middleton as she was treated for extreme morning sickness

But paramedics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from Scotland Yard launched an investigation yesterday and are treating the death as ‘unexplained’.


The exact cause of death remained unclear. However, one source indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself.

Two days earlier the receptionist took a phone call from giggling DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.

The Australian station and presenters advertised the stunt worldwide and today Christian was continuing to boast about the prank ‘making international headlines’ on Twitter.

Mel Greig
Mike Christian

Presenters: Mel Greig (left) and Michael Christian (right) made the call about the Duchess

Still boasting: DJ Michael Christian's Twitter feed today Still boasting: DJ Michael Christian’s Twitter feed today


In the call at 5.30am on Tuesday impersonating the Queen, Miss Greig said: ‘Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?’

Thinking she was speaking to the Queen, the receptionist replied: ‘Oh yes, just hold on ma’am’.

She then put the presenters through to one of the nurses who was caring for the Duchess.

The nurse also believed she was speaking to the Queen and went on to make a number of deeply personal observations about Kate’s health.

Third visit: Prince William (centre) arrives at the King Edward VII Hospital to visit his wife the Duchess of Cambridge in central London yesterday, as news was developing of the extraordinary callThird visit: Prince William (centre) arrives at the King Edward VII Hospital to visit his wife the Duchess of Cambridge in central London on Tuesday, as news was developing of the extraordinary call

A recording of the entire conversation was played on the Sydney-based radio station 2Day.


King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes was founded by Agnes Keyser in 1899 as a hospital for sick and wounded Officers returning from the Boer War.

It was awarded a Royal Charter in 1930 and today is a registered charity whose Patron is Her Majesty the Queen.

Today the private independent acute hospital has a subsidy and grants programmes open to all uninsured serving and ex-Service personnel and their spouses.

Services are also available to those without military connections. In 1948  the hospital moved to its present West End location on Beaumont Street in Marylebone.

According to the hospital’s own website, the institution delivers ‘the highest standards of private medical care in London, supported by outstanding nurses, first class staff and hand-picked consultants, all of whom are recognised leaders in their fields.’

It says it employs only the ‘highest calibre of nursing staff’ who cover 58 en-suite rooms over three wards.

Previous royal patients include Prince Philip who was treated for a bladder infection in June and was visited by various members of the royal family including his wife, the Queen.

It appears to be a blip in what is otherwise an almost faultless record. The hospital are consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the UK based on patient satisfaction.

In their latest survey from April to June 2012, 99.3 per cent of patient’s said they were happy with how their privacy was maintained.

According to their Patient’s Charter: ‘Patients can expect the Hospital to respect privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs at all times and in all areas.’

Hospital boss John Lofthouse confirmed his staff had passed on information about Kate, saying: ‘This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore.’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: ‘Police were called at approximately 9.25am on Friday, December 7, to a report of a woman found unconscious an address in Weymouth Street, W1.

‘London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage’.

MailOnline did not publish details of the tragedy until the hospital confirmed the woman’s family had been contacted.

Today the Duchess of Cambridge was resting at the London home she shares with Prince William after her release from hospital yesterday morning, where she had been recovering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

She was forced to cancel a string of engagements because of her acute morning sickness.

Kate, who was admitted to hospital on Monday, returned to Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and cancelled upcoming engagements after doctors told her to rest.

And she may have to recuperate without Prince William by her side, as he may be returning to duty with his Search and Rescue squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey, it has been reported.


She missed a planned fund-raising engagement in the City of London on Wednesday because she was confined to hospital.

St James’s Palace confirmed that the Duchess, 30, will miss a ball in aid of homeless charity Cantrepoint at Royal Albert Hall tomorrow and will also be forced to cancel an appearance at the British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court on Sunday.

The Duke of Cambridge is expected to appear at all of the events while his wife rests.

She was expected to attend a showing of The Hobbit in Leicester Square next Wednesday, but palace officials said that each engagement would be subject to medical advice and Kate’s condition.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

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