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Nurse inquest delayed a second time

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Credit: The Saldanha family

The inquest into the death of a nurse from Bristol, who took a prank call about the Duchess of Cambridge from two Australian DJs, has been adjourned again.

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead in December in nurses' quarters, three days after she answered the call at a hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness.

A spokesman for Westminster City Council, which handles media inquiries for Westminster Coroner's Court where the inquest was first opened, said the adjournment was because Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was 'seeking more information'.

He added: 'We hope to have a new date within a few days.'

No charges over royal hoax nurse

The funeral service of nurse Jacintha Saldanha Credit: PA

No charges will be brought over a prank call to a hospital about the Duchess of Cambridge, which was taken by a nurse from Bristol who later took her own life.

Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian made the hoax call to the King Edward VII's hospital in central London, posing as the Queen and Prince of Wales when Kate was being treated for a rare form of pregnancy sickness.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred them to a colleague, who then described Kate's condition in detail, was found hanged a few days after the incident.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today announced that no charges will be brought over the hoax calls.


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Mourners fill church for royal prank call nurse's funeral

The funeral is being held for the nurse who was found dead after becoming the victim of a prank call at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated.

The Our Lady of Health Church in Shriva in south-west India was packed with mourners, including Jacintha Saldanha's husband and children.

The priest and other Church officials conduct the ceremony Credit: Reuters
Jacintha's coffin was decorated with tropical flowers and a portrait of her Credit: Reuters
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Scotland Yard to interview prank call witnesses

Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig may be called as witnesses. Credit: Channel 7

Scotland Yard detectives will contact their colleagues in Australia to interview witnesses to "put the best evidence" before the coroner about the circumstances of Jacintha Saldanha's death.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman told Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox: "I can expect in the very near future to be in contact with colleagues in New South Wales."

Mrs Saldanha had been fooled by Sydney-based DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig into believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales during the prank call to the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.


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Media group's nurse fund donation welcomed by hospital

Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, has welcomed news that Southern Cross Media Group are set to make a sizeable donation to the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Jacintha Saldanha was an outstanding nurse who was much loved by everyone at King Edward VII’s Hospital. After discussion with her family, we have established the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund to benefit her husband and children at this difficult time. I am pleased to announce that many donations have already been made from around the world.

I have today read that Southern Cross Media Group have pledged to make a minimum donation of $500,000 Australian Dollars to an appropriate fund. We would certainly welcome such a donation to the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund.

– Lord Glenarthur
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Jacintha Saldanha's family 'devastated by the loss of loving mother and wife'

Benedict Barboza holds a picture of his wife, Jacintha Saldanha, and stands with their daughter outside the House of Commons

Jacintha Saldanha's widower Benedict and their son and daughter have been at the House of Commons, speaking on their behalf Labour MP Keith Vaz has said they are, "devastated by the death of Jacintha, a loving mother and a loving wife."

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