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Royal prank: Prosecutors may press charges over hoax


Jacintha Saldanha was found dead days after taking a hoax call at a hospital where Kate Middleton was staying.

The royal prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital room that quickly turned tragic is being investigated by Scotland Yard, who said Sunday that prosecutors may press charges against the Australian DJs responsible. 

Jacintha Saldanha, the 46-year-old hospital worker who put the call through, was found dead at her home near the hospital in a suspected suicide, the Daily Mail reported.

London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that they had submitted a file to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service "to consider whether any potential offenses may have been committed by making the hoax call," the Associated Press reported.

They did not comment on which charges prosecutors were considering, or confirm that there were charges being considered at all, according to the AP. 

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"They simply wanted to touch base, raise the issues, make us aware of them," Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas told Agence France Presse. "It may be that they may wish to speak to someone at the station at a point down the track."

The CPS is in charge of deciding if charges in criminal cases In England and Wales go forward. The police are responsible for evidence collections and investigations, Agence France Presse reported. 

Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian put a call through to the hospital in early December during which they posed as the Queen and Prince Charles and were able to get personal information about Kate's condition. 

The prank quickly went viral, but took a darker turn after Saldanha was found dead just three days later. Both hosts have since been pulled from the air. 

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