Radio Station Possibly Facing Criminal Charges After Royal Hoax
SYDNEY (AP) - Legal experts say the Australian radio station behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated could face criminal charges for airing the conversation.
Last week's prank was widely condemned days after it aired, after the still-unexplained death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped two DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton's health. But when it comes to a potential criminal case, the question is not about the death. It's whether a private conversation was broadcast without the permission of the participants.
Violators could be sentenced to prison, but it's unclear who at radio station 2DayFM or its parent company made the decision to air the call.
Middleton has cancelled all public engagements since her brief hospitalization last week for severe nausea and dehydration. She is suffering from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum that causes sustained nausea and discomfort.
Her pregnancy is still in early stages.
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