Kate Middleton hoax presenters 'gutted and heartbroken'

  • The Australian radio hosts embroiled in the Kate Middleton hoax say they are "gutted and heartbroken" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

    Saldanha was found dead on Friday, three days after taking the prank call.

    In their first interview since the incident, Mel Greig and Michael Christian on Monday said: "not a minute goes by where we don't think about her family".

    Speaking to Channel Nine's A Current Affair program, Christian said: "When we thought about making a call it was going to go for 30 seconds, we were going to be hung up on, and that was it. As innocent as that."

    Details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy and medical condition were revealed to the DJs, from Sydney radio station 2Day FM, when they posed as the Queen and Prince Charles during a call early last Tuesday.

    The pair will not return to their show until further notice out of respect for Saldanha.

    The duchess was admitted last Monday for acute morning sickness and discharged later in the week.

    Saldanha, a duty nurse who was married with two children, answered the telephone as it was 5:30 pm GMT and there was no receptionist on duty.

    Police officers were called at an address in central London after reports of a woman found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

    Saldanha's post-mortem examination is due to take place later today.