Royal Hoax: Mel Greig to Answer Questions About Nurse's Suicide at Inquiry

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
April 29, 2013|11:26 am
  • 2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig (L) and Michael Christian, pose in Sydney in this picture obtained by Reuters on December 8, 2012. The two presenters from Australia's 2Day radio station called a London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wi
    (Photo: Reuters/Southern Cross Austereo/Handout)
    2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig (L) and Michael Christian, pose in Sydney in this picture obtained by Reuters on December 8, 2012. The two presenters from Australia's 2Day radio station called a London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness, pretending to be William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his father, the heir-to-the throne Prince Charles. A nurse who answered the prank call has been found dead, the hospital said, in a suspected suicide.

An Australian DJ will reportedly appear at an inquiry into the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha in coming months.

Mel Greig of 2Day FM radio station in Sydney was left shattered when a joke which was played out on air turned deadly.

Greig, 30, and her co-host Michael Christian, 25, duped Saldanha by posing as The Queen and Prince Charles in a bid to obtain personal information about Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Days later, the mother of two was found dead.

Greig and Christian were both cleared of any wrongdoing despite having tricked Saldanha into transferring a call to Middleton's personal nurse to obtain sensitive information. However, Slate & Gordon, which is the law firm representing Greig, confirmed their client has agreed to answer questions at the inquiry, according to RadarOnline.com.

"Ms Saldanha's suicide was a devastating tragedy and Ms Greig's thoughts have been with the family ever since," according to a statement released by Slate & Gordon on behalf of Greig. "Ms Greig fully understands their need for answers, which is why she has taken this step to appear as an individual at the inquest."

Greig, who expressed her regret after Saldanha's suicide death, will answer questions about her role in the infamous prank.

"She is determined to address any questions surrounding her role in these tragic events as part of the inquiry," the statement read.

Saldanha, who reportedly suffered from depression, left a suicide note for her family shortly before taking her own life. She was reportedly unable to overcome the grief and humiliation she allegedly felt for falling for the bizarre hoax.

"Thank you for all your support. I hold Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry. Jacintha," Saldanha reportedly wrote in her note.

Christian, who also expressed regret after the hoax, has since returned to air.

 

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