By MARK DUELL, SIMON TOMLINSON and REBECCA ENGLISH
The exclusive private hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge was duped into airing confidential information about her pregnancy in an amateurish hoax by an Australian radio station yesterday.
Two giggling DJs phoned King Edward VII Hospital’s switchboard at 5.30am pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
Despite sounding more like pantomime dames than members of the Royal Family, and with colleagues barking like corgis in the background, presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian were put through to a nurse’s station on the ward where the Duchess is recovering from acute morning sickness.
In an astonishing breach of royal security, an unsuspecting nurse told the pair that the Duchess was having an ‘uneventful’ night and went on to make a number of deeply personal observations about her health. The Mail has decided not to report those details in order to protect Kate’s privacy.
Yesterday the horrified hospital boss John Lofthouse confirmed his staff had passed on information about Kate, saying: 'This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore.'
A hospital spokesman added: 'King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes can confirm that an Australian radio station made a hoax call to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
'This 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.'