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Nurse's death sparks anger in Britain at royal prank

Published on Dec 9, 2012 6:06 AM
A bunch of flowers is left outside the nurses accommodation block by colleagues near the King Edward VII hospital in central London on Dec 8, 2012 in memory of nurse Jacintha Saldanha who was found dead the previous day. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The London hospital that treated Prince William's wife Catherine blasted on Saturday the Australian radio station whose hoax call led to a nurse's death, calling the stunt "appalling".

Britain has reacted with horror at the death of mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, who is believed to have taken her own life after she was duped by two Australian radio presenters seeking news on Kate's pregnancy.

Ms Saldanha was found dead on Friday, days after she answered a call at the hospital from hosts at Sydney's 2Day FM radio posing as Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles.

She had put them through to a colleague who divulged details of Kate's recovery from severe morning sickness. The nurse's death has triggered a wave of anger at the Australian presenters behind the hoax, Mel Greig and Michael Christian.

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