Kate Middleton’s nurse who was duped by prank callers will give evidence at the inquest of Jacintha Saldanha’s death anonymously
Kate Middleton’s nurse who, along with Jacintha Saldanha, was duped by hoax callers from Australian radio station 2Day FM, has been allowed to give evidence at the inquest into her colleague’s death anonymously.
As the inquest into the suspected suicide of Mrs Saldanha opens, Coroner Fiona Wilcox agreed it was ‘proportionate’ that the duty nurse who was caring for Kate Middleton during her stay at King Edward VII hospital should not have her name revealed.
It’s believed the healthcare worker took the call that was put through by Mrs Saldanha and spoke to Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian who were impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.
The presenters were trying to obtain details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition while she was staying at the hospital suffering from acute morning sickness.
Fiona Barton QC, counsel for the hospital, said: ‘The particular facts of this case cry out for anonymity for members of staff. We are very anxious to prevent the duty nurse from coming under the same scrutiny.’
The preliminary hearing for Jacintha Saldanha’s inquest will start on 2 May where there will be a ban on publishing her colleague’s name.