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'Queen's call' nurse left suicide note criticizing post-prank treatment by staff

Jacintha Saldanha
Scotland Yard

Although the hospital involved in the "Queen's call" prank call involving Jacintha Saldanha said they had not disciplined her, that may only have been the official line. According to reports on Friday, Sandhanha, the London hospital nurse who apparently killed herself after being pranked by a pair of Australia DJs left a suicide note that was extremely critical of the treatment she received from her co-workers.

Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, was the nurse who patched the call from Aussie DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian through to Kate Middleton's room during the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital stay for extreme morning sickness. The DJs pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles; to be clear, a second nurse -- not Saldanha -- spoke to the DJs in detail about Middleton's condition.

Saldhana, meanwhile, was found dead by hanging days after the incident. She killed herself inside the nurses’ quarters of the King Edward VII Hospital.

There were three notes in total. A source close to the family detailed the notes, saying:

One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Needless to say, Ben [Saldanha's husband] wants a full inquiry into what happened and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter, Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the source said, in another note, Saldanha described how she struggled to come to terms with the prank call. Finally, the last letter outlined funeral plans.

Two of the notes were found near her body, while the third was among her possessions.

The incident began last week as 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, called and asked about the condition of Kate Middleton, then hospitalized for acute morning sickness. Although she did not speak to them extensively, Saldanha patched them in to Middleton's nurse (audio of the call can be heard here). A few days after the call, Saldanha killed herself.

Since then, the parent company of 2Day FM, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), said it would donate all its advertising revenue, with a minimum contribution of $525,000, to a memorial fund for Saldanha. Greig and Christian have been suspended and their radio show canceled.

SCA is also looking into modifying company policies, and has already banned prank calls. However, SCA added that -- legally -- it had done nothing wrong.


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