This is the first image of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who was found dead yesterday after what is believed to have been a suicide.
Only three days before the death, the mother of two was tricked into transferring a prank call from two Australian radio DJs who obtained intimate details about Kate Middleton’s condition.
The Duchess of Cambridge had been staying at King Edward VII hospital in London suffering from morning sickness.
The 46-year-old nurse passed the DJs to a colleague who revealed details about the Duchess’s health.
The boss of the radio company at the centre of the royal hoax call today refused to sack the DJs behind the stunt and painted them as victims.
2DayFM presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian were taken off air after it emerged the nurse who took their prank call at Kate Middleton’s hospital had died in a suspected suicide.
Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, had been manning the hospital switchboard when the Australian hoaxers called and she transferred the call to the Duchess of Cambridge’s ward.
Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the station, said the presenters were ‘completely shattered’ and had been offered counselling.
Mr Holleran told a press conference in Melbourne that the primary concern was for the family of Jacintha Saldanha, whose body was found yards from the King Edward VII Hospital yesterday.
He said: ‘I spoke to both presenters early this morning and it’s fair to say they are completely shattered.
‘These people aren’t machines, they’re human beings. What happened is incredibly tragic and we’re deeply saddened and we’re incredibly affected by that.’
He added: ‘I think prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades and are not just part of one radio station or network or country.
‘No-one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day.’
Mr Holleran declined to reveal who had dreamed up the prank call but said: ‘These things are often done collaboratively.’