Who among us hasn’t pretended to be the Queen of England at some point? Be honest. Sure, the accent is easy to fake, because Americans can’t tell the difference between a good QE2 impression and an old Julia Child recording. But you’d expect the nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge to be more on the ball.
Kate Middleton’s condition is no longer a state secret today, thanks to two Australian radio hosts who prank-called King Edward VII Hospital in London Tuesday morning, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. And with the aid of a (bad) imitation corgi yip-yap in the background, the pair managed to convince the duty nurse in Princess Kate’s hospital ward that they were genuine royalty.
“2Day FM” hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian managed to get the kind of information Kate’s nurse might tell the Queen about her “little tummy bug.” They learned that the patient was “quite dehydrated when she came in,” that she hadn’t been “retching” all night, and more.
“When is a good time to come and visit her?” Greig asked in an awful accent. “‘Cause I’m the Queen, so I need a lift down there.”
Sky News reported that the hospital called it “a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”