Kate Middleton's Hospital Apologizes for Prank
December 05, 2012
The London hospital where Kate Middleton is recovering from acute morning sickness has apologized for a prank in which DJs from an Australian radio station called the hospital posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and were able to obtain information about Kate's condition.
A statement issued by King Edward VII Hospital on Wednesday said it "deeply regrets" accepting the "hoax call," which came in early Tuesday morning and was transferred to a member of the facility's nursing staff.
"This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols," the statement said.
Watch the video for King Edward VII's Hospital Chief Executive John Lofthouse's response to the incident that he calls "deplorable" and his declaration of actions that the hospital plans to take.
The same hospital has treated many members of the royal family over the years, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Kate, whose formal title is the Duchess of Cambridge, was hospitalized earlier this week for a severe form of morning sickness after the royal family announced her pregnancy. Prince William accompanied his wife to the hospital and has been back several times to visit.