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Royal hoax call DJ says she 'should have tried harder' to stop call airing

Australian radio DJ Mel Greig gave a tearful interview to Channel Seven about the 2Day FM pank. Photo: Channel Seven

Mel Greig, one of the two Australian DJs involved in a controversial hoax call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated during her pregnancy, has given a TV interview admitting she "should have tried harder" to stop the prank going to air.

Greig and 2Day FM co-host Michael Christian called London's King Edward VII Hospital in December 2012, pretending to be the Queen and the Prince of Wales, and were transferred to the ward caring for the Duchess by nurse Jacintha Saldanh.

An inquest into the death of Jacintha Saldanha was postponed last September. Credit: Facebook

The call was widely publicised and mother-of-two Ms Saldanha committed suicide three days later, reportedly blaming the radio presenters directly in one of her suicide notes.

Speaking to the Sunday Night programme on Australia's Channel 7 network, Greig said that she had expressed concern to her employers that the hospital had not granted permission for the call to be aired, and said that she should have tried harder to prevent it going out.

"When this first happened, I absolutely blamed myself, 100%," she said.

"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."

Mel Greig with Michael Christian, who returned to the airwaves after the prank call. Credit: Reuters

The presenter, who has since resigned from radio station Southern Cross Austereo, added: "I don't feel like I'm myself anymore. For nine months I feel I've been living a stranger's life. I feel like I can't laugh."

The interview was filmed last September but only went to air on Sunday, according to reports.

Mel Greig talks about her family receiving threatening phone calls following the scandal: