Duchess Kate Radio Prank DJs "Heartbroken" By Nurse's Suicide
The Australian radio DJs at the center of the prank that lead to Duchess Kate's nurse committing suicide are speaking out for the first time since the tragedy. INSIDE EDITION has the latest.
Dissolving into tears, the two radio DJ's who made the prank phone call that led to the suicide of pregnant Kate's nurse speak out for the first time.
Dj's Mel Greig and Michael Christian told Australian TV in two separate interviews that they're heartbroken their prank took such a shocking turn.
Greig said tearfully, "There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and what they must be going through. And the thought that we may have played a part in that is...gut-wrenching. If we had any idea that something like this could have been even possible to happen, you know, we couldn't see this happening."
The DJ's are apologizing to the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, mother of two, who was found dead Friday at her home close to King Edward VII hospital where Kate was treated for severe morning sickness.
Saldanha's husband was seen clutching her picture and walking with their two children as the investigation into her death continues.
Her voice can be heard taking the call she believed was from the Queen.
Greig said, "The entertainment value wasn't us. It was meant to be in our silly accents. That's where it was meant to end. It was just meant to be us being silly and getting hung up on."
The DJs choked up when asked how they first found out about Saldanha's suicide.
Christian said, "We both found out about the same time. "
"It was the worse phone call I've ever had in my life," said Greig.
The emotional interviews have actually led to an outpouring of sympathy for the DJs.
Katie Nicholl, royal editor for the UK Mail On Sunday told INSIDE EDITION, "Well, the reaction over here [in London] I think is that people are beginning to feel really quite sorry for these DJs. I think that what we saw today was a very candid interview. Both of them were in tears. I think, actually, both of them were in a state of shock as well."
But there have also been death threats and Scotland Yard is reportedly investigating whether criminal charges can be brought against them.
Legal expert Matt Semino told INSIDE EDITION, "I don't really think there's going to be any criminal negligence here. There may be some level of civil liability and the family could pursue a civil case against the DJs as well as the radio station."
Their radio show has been cancelled and all prank calls are now banned by their station.
"I don't want to even think about going back on the air to be honest. I'm more worried about the family, and that's where the focus should be," said Greig.
The DJs say all they can think of now is how their prank went so tragically wrong.
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