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will-and-kate-picWilliam and Catherine were married in April 2011, in London’s biggest royal wedding in three decades. The pair is expecting their first child, who will be next in line for the throne after William.

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(CNN) — An Australian radio show whose prank targeting Prince William’s pregnant wife went horribly wrong has been taken off the air for good.

“The Hot30 Countdown” was suspended temporarily after the December prank, when the network expressed deep regret for the nurse who apparently committed suicide after routing through a call from the show’s DJs to the royal ward.

Over the weekend, the show wprank-nurseas permanently taken off the air.

The show’s Facebook page directed listeners to the show’s replacement called “The Bump.”

In response to a user comment, the Facebook page said the two DJ’s, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, “continue to have our full support and we look forward to them returning to work when the time is right!”

In early December, the two DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and called King Edward VII’s Hospital to gain some information about the condition of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The pair subsequently played the prank on air.

The nurse who transferred the call through to the ward, Jacintha Saldanha, was later found dead after apparently committing suicide.

An uproar followed.

Prank prompts backlash

The two DJs were taken off the air. And the network, Southern Cross Austereo, suspended all prank calls, pulled advertising and ordered a comprehensive review of relevant policies and process.

Greig and Christian apologized in interviews with the Australian TV shows “A Current Affair” and “Today Tonight.”

“There is nothing that can make me feel worse than what I feel right now,” Greig said on “Today Tonight.”

Christian told “A Current Affair” the prank had become “a tragic turn of events that I don’t think anyone could have predicted or expected.”

The chairman of the hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was a patient slammed the Australian radio station’s decision to broadcast the recorded prank call as “truly appalling.”

“The immediate consequence of these premeditated and ill-considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients,” wrote the chairman, Simon Glenarthur.

“The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words.”

‘World’s worst accents ever’

Audio of the call posted online suggests a woman spoke briefly to the DJs before she put the call through to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.

“They were the world’s worst accents ever,” Greig told listeners then. “We were sure 100 people at least before us would’ve tried the same thing. … We were expecting to be hung up on. We didn’t even know what to say when we got through.”

Off the air, Greig and Christian tweeted about the practical joke, promising “more on the #royalprank.” The pair’s Twitter accounts were later taken down.

A St. James’s Palace spokesman said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to learn of Saldanha’s death.

Another palace spokesman told CNN that “at no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”

LONDON (CNN) — Britain’s royal family are looking forward to a summer surprise: The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s baby is due in July, the couple has announced.

“Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” St. James’s Palace said in a statement Monday.

kate-picThe couple was forced to reveal Catherine’s pregnancy earlier than planned last month when she was hospitalized for several days suffering from acute morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum.

News of the expected baby sent royal watchers and the UK media into a frenzy of speculation about due dates, whether the eagerly-awaited child is a boy or a girl, and what he or she will look like.

The duchess’s illness has forced her to pull out of several public events in recent weeks, but she was at London’s National Portrait Gallery on Friday for the unveiling of her first official portrait.

On Monday, St. James’s Palace said “the duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital.”

Over the weekend the Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance since being treated in a London hospital for acute morning sickness. Megan Henderson has the details.

LONDON (CNN)– A nurse who took a prank call from an Australian radio station apparently hanged herself using a scarf, but her reasons for pursuing that tragic course remain unclear.saldanha-bg

Jacintha Saldanha was found last Friday by work colleagues hanging from a wardrobe door at her hospital living quarters, a coroner’s court in London heard Thursday.

The nurse, who was married with two teenaged children, left three notes, two at the scene and a third with her belongings, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.

The content of the notes was not disclosed.

There were also “some injuries to her wrist,” Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said.

The nurse put through the prank call December 4 to a nurse on the ward where Prince William’s wife, Catherine, was being treated for acute morning sickness.

Some details of her condition were given to the radio DJs, who impersonated Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II.

The details around the circumstances of Saldanha’s death emerged as an inquest — a proceeding usually held in Britain when a death is sudden, unexplained or violent — was opened.

The coroner’s court was told that Saldanha’s body was formally identified Tuesday by her husband, Benedict Barboza.

Police are looking at e-mails and telephone records, Harman said, and will speak to Saldanha’s friends and co-workers about what could have led to her death.

At this time there are no suspicious circumstances, he said.

Police will also be in touch with Australian police to find out what would be the best way of gathering evidence, Harman said. This could involve either going to Australia or collecting evidence remotely.

Saldanha, whose tragic death triggered wide public anger against the radio station involved, Sydney-based 2Day FM, was represented at the coroner’s court by co-workers from the hospital.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, the country’s media watchdog, on Thursday opened a formal investigation into 2Day FM’s broadcast of the prank call.

“The ACMA will be examining whether the licensee has complied with its broadcasting obligations,” said chairman Chris Chapman.

The station’s owner, media network Southern Cross Austereo, pledged Tuesday to donate at least 500,000 Australian dollars (US$524,000) to a fund for the nurse’s family.

It lifted a moratorium on advertising Thursday, with all profits to the end of the year to go to the fund.

The 46-year-old nurse, who moved to the UK from India a decade ago, had worked at King Edward VII’s Hospital, where Catherine was being treated, for the past four years

The coroner adjourned the inquest until a provisional date of March 26.

djs-picLONDON — The Australian radio station that made a prank call to a UK hospital that apparently resulted in the death of a nurse says it will donate at least 500,000 Australian dollars (US$524,000) to a fund for the nurse’s family.

Jacintha Saldanha apparently committed suicide after being duped by the prank call from two DJs seeking information on Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine.

Read more: Radio personalities apologize for prank call

The Sydney-based 2DayFM radio station has come under heavy fire over the hoax call.

The media group which owns 2DayFM said it would resume advertising on the station — halted in the wake of the tragedy — beginning Thursday, with all profits until the end of the year going to a fund that would directly benefit Saldanha’s family and a minimum contribution of 500,000 Australian dollars.

“We are very sorry for what has happened,” said Rhys Holleran, chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo.

“We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time.”

Saldanha put through a call from the DJs to a nurse on the ward at King Edward VII’s Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness early last Tuesday.

The 46-year-old nurse was found dead three days later in living quarters in central London provided by her workplace.

An autopsy will be carried out Tuesday in Westminster, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

The two DJs, who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the hoax call, made tearful apologies on Monday for what had happened.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, both crying at times, told two Australian television shows that their thoughts were with Saldanha’s family.

“I’m very sorry and saddened for the family, and I can’t imagine what they’ve been going through,” Greig said on the program “Today Tonight.”

Christian described himself as “gutted, shattered and heartbroken.”

Read more: Nurse death sparks outrage, casts glare on ‘shock jocks’

“For the part we played, we’re incredibly sorry,” Christian said on “Today Tonight.”

Both have said that they never expected the call to go through.

They also stressed Monday that while they made the call to the hospital, they did not have a say on whether it went to air.

The call was recorded and then went through a vetting process at their network, Southern Cross Austereo, before it was broadcast, they said.

Holleran last week said he was “deeply saddened” by the nurse’s death but defended the legality of the station’s action, saying he was “very confident that we haven’t done anything illegal.”

The two Australian DJs behind the practical joke, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have come under fire, with some using the phrase “blood on your hands” to condemn their actions on the Sydney-based radio station.

djs-picLONDON — An Australian radio network at the heart of a hoax targeting Prince William’s pregnant wife canceled the show responsible for the prank on Monday, expressing deep regret following the death of a nurse who took a call from the DJs involved.

The two DJs “will not return to the airwaves until further notice,” the statement from the network, Southern Cross Austereo, said. The company also suspended all prank calls, pulled advertising and ordered a comprehensive review of relevant policies and processes.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who were impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, called the hospital Tuesday and gained information about the condition of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — which they subsequently played on air.

On Friday, the nurse who transferred the call through to the ward, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead after apparently committing suicide.

“First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family … for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened,” Rhys Holleran, the network’s chief executive officer, said in Monday’s statement.

“We don’t claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make.”

London’s Metropolitan Police have contacted Australian authorities in relation to the call, but “are not discussing about what or with who” they’re talking, a spokesman told CNN.

A spokeswoman for New South Wales Police in Australia told CNN: “As the investigation into the death of London nurse Jacintha Saldhana continues, New South Wales Police will be providing London’s Metropolitan Police with whatever assistance they require.”

Ben Barboza, Saldanha’s husband, expressed grief over his wife’s death in a post on Facebook: “I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances, She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India.”

Saldanha’s daughter posted a photo of herself with her mother and wrote: “I miss you, I loveeee you. Jacintha saldanha.”

The chairman of the hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was a patient slammed the Australian radio station’s decision to broadcast the recorded prank call as “truly appalling” on Saturday,

“King Edward VII’s Hospital cares for sick people, and it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call,” wrote hospital chairman Lord Glenarthur.

“The immediate consequence of these premeditated and ill-considered actions was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients.”

“The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words.”

Lord Glenarthur called on the radio station to take steps “to ensure that such an incident could never be repeated.”

The fallout from Saldanha’s death has stretched from Britain to Australia — with questions being raised about how far is too far in the effort to find out details about Catherine’s pregnancy.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, the country’s media regulator, has not yet commented on the case.

However, it will be “engaging with the licensee, Today FM Sydney, around the facts and issues surrounding the prank call,” said the regulator’s chairman, Chris Chapman.

News of Saldanha’s death broke Friday, with the hospital saying she “was recently the victim of a hoax call.”

London’s Metropolitan Police said that Saldanha, 46, had living quarters in central London provided by her workplace.

Police said they were notified Friday morning that a woman was found unconscious at the address. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are treating the death as “unexplained.”

A postmortem examination will be held this week, police said.

A spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that he “thinks this is a very sad case and his thoughts are with her family and colleagues.”

Throughout the controversy surrounding the hoax, authorities did not identify the nurse. Her identity was released after her death.

Audio of the call posted online suggests a woman spoke briefly to the DJs before she put the call through early Tuesday morning to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.

“They were the world’s worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would’ve tried the same thing. … We were expecting to be hung up on. We didn’t even know what to say when we got through,” Greig told listeners Thursday.

Off the air, Greig and Christian tweeted about the practical joke on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising “more on the #royalprank.” The pair’s Twitter accounts were taken down late Friday.

Some listeners applauded the prank, like one who identified himself as Guido on the station’s Facebook page and wrote, “It is only a joke people! it was great i love it!!!”

Others were outraged, with negative comments outnumbering positive ones on 2DayFM’s Facebook page even before the nurse’s death.

“Your stunt was done at a time in this country where there is paranoia about the intrusion of the media into people’s lives,” Gary Slenders wrote. “I know you will say it is harmless fun, the management of 2DayFM will say that it won’t happen again, but this is exactly where the phone hacking scandal started.”

The outcry grew exponentially after the hospital confirmed Saldanha’s death, leading the Coles supermarket chain to remove all its advertising from 2DayFM.

“This death is on your conscience,” reads one Facebook post. Several accused the two of having “blood on your hands.”

Saldanha’s family released a statement asking for privacy and directing questions to police. She is survived by her husband and two children.

“We as a family are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha,” said the statement, released by police.

Saldanha worked at King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years, and she was described as an “excellent nurse,” well-respected by co-workers, the hospital statement said.

The hospital “had been supporting her throughout this difficult time,” it said.

A St. James’ Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death.

“Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: “At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”

kate-picLONDON — A nurse at the hospital that was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday.

The nurse “was recently the victim of a hoax call,” King Edward VII Hospital said in a media statement.

The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the prank call, in which some details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition and care were given.

The nurse who died was the person who first took the hoax call and transferred it through to Catherine’s ward, the hospital’s public relations company said.

The hospital named her as Jacintha Saldanha and said she had worked there for more than four years as an “excellent nurse,” who was well respected by co-workers.

The hospital “had been supporting her throughout this difficult time,” the statement said.

The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from the hospital Thursday after treatment for acute morning sickness.

A St. James’s Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

“Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: “At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”

The hospital’s chief executive, John Lofthouse, said, “Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”

London’s Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:35 a.m. (4:35 a.m. ET) on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are treating the death as “unexplained,” they said.

Audio of the call posted online suggested a woman spoke briefly to the DJs, who host a show for the 2Day FM radio station in Sydney, before the call was put through to the ward early Tuesday morning.

The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through.

Read more: Radio DJs pretend to be queen, make prank call to Catherine’s hospital

The radio show apologized for the call Wednesday, saying it “was done with light-hearted intentions.”

Its two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, continued to tweet about the call on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising “more on the #royalprank.”

By Friday evening, a spokeswoman for the station told CNN in a statement that the pair will “not return to the show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”

She said Greig and Christian were “deeply shocked” by the incident. The Twitter accounts for the pair were taken down.

Talking about the call on air Thursday, Greig said: “They were the world’s worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would’ve tried the same thing. … We were expecting to be hung up on — we didn’t even know what to say when we got through.”

Angry comments have been posted on the 2Day FM Facebook page since the news of the nurse’s death broke.

“This death is on your conscience,” reads one post. Another says, “Blood on your hands.”

LONDON (CNN) — Catherine, Dkate-picuchess of Cambridge, left hospital Thursday morning, three days after being admitted for acute morning sickness.

She emerged from the hospital accompanied by her husband Prince William and was driven away by a waiting car.

A St. James’s Palace spokesman said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest.‬‪

“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment The Duchess has received.”

News of her pregnancy was announced Monday when Catherine was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy.

Catherine’s discharge from the hospital comes a day after two Australian DJs hit the headlines in international media over a prank call they made to her nurse.

The hospital said it deeply regretted that the hoax call had been transferred to a ward in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff.

The conversation included some details of the duchess’s condition, according to audio posted online by the DJs’ Sydney-based radio station, 2Day FM.

2Day FM apologized Wednesday for a prank it said was “done with light-hearted intentions.”

The duchess is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN on Monday, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child.

William and Catherine’s child will be next in line to the British throne after William, regardless of whether it is a boy or a girl.

Planned changes to the law of succession that end the tradition of a boy jumping over an elder sister are already de facto in effect, the British Cabinet Office said.

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