Security protecting Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge as she recovers from severe morning sickness at the King Edward VII hospital has been called into question, after Australian radio station 2DAY FM managed to obtain confidential information of the royal's treatment and current medical status during a hoax call as they pretended to be none other than The Queen.
Two presenters from the radio show, Mel Greig and Michael Christian rang the London hospital from Australia, where she was admitted on Monday and is still receiving care, and were shockingly able to speak directly to the ward where the Duchess is being treated by posing as the Queen and Prince Charles, according to The Telegraph.
Surprisingly, despite their impersonated accents and even reference to corgis neither the receptionist or nurse was suspicious of the call and gave out medical details on Kate, on her third day in hospital.
The hoax was confirmed by a spokesman, they said: "King Edward VII's Hospital deeply regrets this incident."
The hospital's chief executive, John Lofthouse apologised for the grave mistake, he said: "This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols."
A source at the hospital slammed the prank as “in very bad taste”.
Prince William leaves hospital last night after spending six hours with his wife (WENN)
According to the Telegraph presenter Mel Greig said as 'the queen': "Hello, I'm just after my granddaughter Kate, I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going."
She went on to ask when would be a good time to visit, the nurse said: "I would suggest that any time after nine o'clock would be suitable, because the doctor will be in in the morning, and will just be getting her freshened up in the morning. I would think any time after nine."
Co-presenter Michael Christian, who impersonated Prince Charles, claimed he never thought they'd speak to anyone, he said "I thought we'd get hung up on!"
When speaking to the nurse he asked about Prince William: "Is Wills still there, or has he gone home. I haven't spoken to him yet."
A spokesman for the station released a statement today apologises for the stunt: "2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the inquiries to Kate's hospital."
"The radio segment was done with lighthearted intentions. We wish Kate and her family all the best and we're glad to hear she's doing well."
The breach in security will surely call into question the treatment of the royal family by foreign press. It was an Australian publication, Woman's Day that broke the media blackout that protected Prince Harry during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2007 and were also the only magazine that published pictures of Kate and William on their private honeymoon.
It's not the first time Kate, the most talked about royal in the world, has fallen victim to a security breach. In September topless photos of the Duchess were splashed across the international tabloid magazines, obtained while the couple sunbathed on a balcony of their private villa in Provence, France.