DJs impersonate royals on phone; check on Duchess Kate in hospital

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Sydney, Australia (4E) – Two Australian radio jocks pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles in a phone call Tuesday to King Edward VII hospital to check on the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition.

Following the announcement of Duchess’ pregnancy and hospitalization due to hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) on Monday, the public is thirsty for more details about the expectant mother’s condition.

All in the spirit of fun, Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney’s 2Day FM called the hospital to ask for updates on Kate’s condition and were able to talk to a nurse who told them that the Duchess was feeling better and is “sleeping at the moment” despite an “uneventful night.”

In a recording of the conversation, the nursing staff told the “Queen” that her granddaughter has “been sleeping on and off” and that, “She’s been given some fluids…She’s stable at the moment.”

The posers also asked about Prince William, and the nurse said that he left around 9 o’clock the night before. The duo also included a chirping corgi in the background.

“This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore,” said John Lofthouse, the hospital’s chief executive. According to the BBC, “[The] call was transferred through to a ward and a short conversation was held with one of the nursing staff. King Edward VII’s Hospital deeply regrets this incident.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Greig posted an apology on Twitter, saying, “2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience cause by the enquiry to Kate’s hospital. the radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best.”

She also said that, “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 for Kate or the nurse.”

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