Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has taken his wife Kate home from hospital today. The news that yesterday a hoax call to the hospital breached Kate's privacy and confidentiality may have struck many of us a funny but William is said to be furious.
Grandad to be Prince Charles appeared more forgiving when speaking to the press today. With a wry smile he asked reporters if they were sure he was not a radio station.
Two members of staff at Australian radio station 2Day FM's made the hoax call to the King Edward VII hospital where Kate was an inpatient. The woman spoke in an exaggerated posh English accent asking to speak to Kate and to be put through to a nurse in order to get an update on Kate's health. She was posing as the Queen whilst the man pretended to be Prince Charles.
It seems that both the person who answered the phone and a member of the nursing staff were fooled. A full update of Kate's health was given out. Around 5.30am yesterday radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian made the call. Perhaps the staff were caught off guard with such an early morning call. There is never any excuse for breaches of patient confidentiality but as they say s**t happens.
The hospital will now review its telephone call answering procedures.
It was a funny call that is hard to believe no-one realised was a prank. We all have a right to our privacy and confidential treatment when in hospital.
One thing it does show is that private is not always best. The King Edward VII hospital is a private hospital and not an NHS one.