Royal hoax DJ to appear at suicide hearing

One of the two Australian radio DJs involved in a hoax phone call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge will appear at the inquest of the nurse who died.

Mel Greig asked to attend the inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldhana and the coroner has granted her permission.

In a statement Ms Greig’s Sydney based lawyers said: “Ms Saldanha’s suicide was a devastating tragedy and Ms Greig’s thoughts have been with the family ever since.

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, and co-host on Sydney radio station 2Day FM, Michael Christian, telephoned King Edward VII’s hospital when the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness.

Jacintha Saldhana was the nurse who put them through to Kate’s ward, believing the DJs were the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

A second nurse then gave the pair information about her condition which was broadcast.

Ms Greig’s lawyers Slater and Gordon said: “She is determined to address any questions surrounding her role in these tragic events as part of the inquest.

“Ms Greig wants the family to know she will answer any questions the coroner or the family’s lawyers may have at the inquest.”

The news comes a day after The Sunday Times printed what it said was an extract from one of three apparent notes written by the 46-year-old mother of two before she died.

According to the paper in one of the notes directed at her employers at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London she blames the presenters, rather than her managers, for her death.

“Please accept my apologies. I am truly sorry. Thank you for all your support. I hold the Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry,” the paper said Ms Saldanha wrote.

If genuine, the note will provide a critical insight into Ms Saldanha’s death at her upcoming inquest, which was due to open in London this week but has been delayed.

It had been reported Ms Saldanha criticised the hospital for her treatment after the prank call.

According to the paper another note says she did not blame her work colleagues for the distress she felt. The third left instructions for her funeral.

Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the Sydney radio station, has said it would contribute $500,000 (

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