Dec 5 2012
Prank callers have managed to trick hospital staff treating the Duchess of Cambridge into revealing detailed information about her condition.
Australian radio DJs impersonating the Queen and Prince of Wales were given an update about Kate, who was admitted to London's King Edward VII on Monday with severe morning sickness.
The 2Day FM presenters were put through to a nurse who reportedly told them: "She's sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. She's been given some fluids, she's stable at the moment."
The hospital has denounced the prank call as "foolish" but St James's Palace has declined to comment.
A spokesman for the hospital said: "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."
John Lofthouse, chief executive at King Edward VII's Hospital, said: "This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols."