If you wish to listen to the hoax call click here. What amazes me is the fact it was quite clearly a prank call. The impersonations were completely unbelievable and surely anyone from Britain would have known they were not speaking to Her Majesty? King Edward VII Hospital is the medical institution of choice for the Royal Family. The Queen, Prince Philip and The Duchess of Cornwall have all stayed there.
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The hospital's chief executive John Loftus described the call as foolish and deplorable:
'This was a foolish prank that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols'.
It is a shocking breach of privacy and it beggars belief that any random joker could call up the hospital and obtain personal information on the Duchess. While the intentions of the call were humorous, I dread to think of possible security issues that could have arisen from this call. As for the radio station in question they've "apologised for any inconvenience caused", but they may well be in breach of Australian broadcasting regulations. The guidelines state that broadcasters should not use "material relating to a person's private or personal affairs, or which invades an individual's privacy."
Prince William arrived at the hospital at 12.20 and left just after 5. He was given the news about the prank call by Royal aides and is no doubt be incredibly unhappy about it.
James and Pippa Middleton also visited Kate this afternoon. Kate's parents Carole and Mike visited yesterday and used the rear entrance.
On another note, members of the Royal Family have begun to speak publicly about the announcement. Speaking during an engagement today the Countess of Wessex described it as "a perfect end to a pretty great year", while Prince Edward sympathized with Kate's condition describing it as 'extremely unpleasant. You can watch a video at the BBC.
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Meanwhile Prince Harry sent Kate a touching message of support from Afghanistan: 'Get Well Soon Sis' :)