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Britain says charges possible in royal prank call case

Sunday, December 23, 2012    

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LONDON, England (AP) — Authorities say that prosecutors are weighing whether to press charges over a royal hoax call that preceded a nurse's apparent suicide.

Two Australian radio DJs — Mel Greig and Michael Christian — impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital earlier this month to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, who had been hospitalised there after suffering from acute morning sickness stemming from her pregnancy.

The DJs' fake upper-crust accents apparently fooled 46-year-old nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who put them through to a colleague who in turn described the details of Kate's condition.

Saldanha's body was found hanging in her room three days after the prank was broadcast across the world.

Police said yesterday that prosecutors were examining the case.

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