Royal baby hoax: Nurse found dead

A nurse who was found dead today after a hoax telephone call was made to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been named as Jacintha Saldanha.

King Edward VII hospital

The King Edward VII hospital said it made the announcement with "very deep sadness."

The statement added: "Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues."

The DJs made their call at around 5.30am and were put through to a nurse on duty caring for the duchess. The nurse told them: "She's sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night and sleep is good for her.

"She's been given some fluids to rehydrate her because she was quite dehydrated when she came in but she's stable at the moment."

The nurse added: "She hasn't had any retching with me since I've been on duty and she has been sleeping on and off. I think it's difficult sleeping in a strange bed as well."

The prank call was deeply embarrassing for the hospital, which is the medical institution of choice for the Royal Family.

Mr Lofthouse said on Tuesday the hospital was considering whether to take any action against the radio station.

He added: "I've received advice that what the Australian broadcasters did may well have broken the law. On the other hand they've apologised for it so we're going to have a long and careful think about what, if anything, we do."

The prank call was pre-recorded and vetted by lawyers before being broadcast to listeners in Sydney.

In their initial apology the two presenters said: "We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we'd be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.

"We're very sorry if we've caused any issues and we're glad to hear that Kate is doing well."

The royals have been the target of hoax callers before.

In 1995 Canadian DJ Pierre Brassard, pretending to be Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, was put through to the Queen.

The pair spoke for around 15 minutes and he even managed to elicit a promise that she would try to influence Quebec's referendum on proposals to break away from Canada.