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DJ's regret at Kate prank call that ended in suicide

By Fran Yeoman

One of the Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated during her pregnancy has admitted she "should have tried harder" to stop the call going to air.

Mel Greig revealed that she and her family had received death threats after the hoax was linked to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, and said she felt she had been living a "stranger's life" since the controversy.

Speaking to the Sunday Night show in Australia, she said: "When this first happened, I absolutely blamed myself, 100%. I felt like I'd failed as a human being, to make someone feel that way, enough to take their own life. I'm slowly learning that it's not all my fault but it's going to take me time to get to that point. I should have tried harder not to let that prank call air."

Ms Greig and co-host Michael Christian made the joke call to London's King Edward VII Hospital in December 2012. The presenters, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, were put through to her ward by Bristol mother Ms Saldanha, who was found hanged three days after the hoax was reported.

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