Kate Middleton's pregnancy a bumpy ride

  • AFP, London
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  • Updated: Jul 23, 2013 01:42 IST

The Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy has seen her endure illness, media frenzies, bikini shot scandals and a prank that ultimately ended in tragedy.

Though she is giving birth in a plush private hospital wing with top royal gynaecologists on hand and her every whim catered for, Catherine's pregnancy got off to a troubling start.

The news that Prince William's wife was expecting a baby was released on December 3, after she was taken to hospital suffering from acute morning sickness.

Three days earlier, Kate had shown no sign of discomfort as she played hockey on a visit to one of her former schools.

But joy at the news of a baby, tinged with concern for the duchess's condition, soon turned to anger and then tragedy.

During her three-night stay at King Edward VII's Hospital in London, a hoax phonecall made by two Australian radio presenters -- pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles -- resulted in details of Kate's condition being divulged.

The stunt, by Michael Christian and Mel Greig, triggered a global media storm of its own and sparked a backlash against the presenters and the radio network.

Jacintha Saldanha, the Indian nurse who answered and put through the call, was found hanged on December 7, having taken her own life.

William and Kate were left "deeply saddened" by her death, a spokesman said.

England's state prosecutors decided not to charge the radio hosts, saying that "however misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank".


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