A relative of the Indian-born nurse who apparently killed herself after an Australian radio station’s royal hoax call said Sunday her family is shocked at the news.
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Jacintha Saldanha, 46, had answered the prank telephone call to London’s King Edward VII hospital, which was treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine for morning sickness.
She had put the call from the station through to a colleague, who relayed details about Kate’s condition which made headlines around the globe.
Saldanha was later found dead in staff accommodation.
A member of her family, who live in the town of Shirve 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the southern city of Bangalore, said they could not believe the mother-of-two could commit suicide.
The presenters at Sydney’s 2Day FM radio posed as Queen Elizabeth II and William’s father Prince Charles to obtain details of Catherine’s condition.
William and Kate, who left the hospital last week, said they were “deeply saddened” by the death of the nurse.
By Sapa / Morné Kruger via Jacaranda FM