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Prince William furious over prank call hoax as Pippa visits Kate in hospital

Published 06/12/2012 | 08:34

Pippa Middleton and her brother James (R) leave after visiting their sister Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the King Edward VII hospital in London December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH SOCIETY ROYALS)
Pippa and James are the Duchess's younger sibilings.
Britain's Prince William leaves after visiting his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the King Edward VII hospital in London December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH SOCIETY ROYALS)

Britain’s Prince William is reportedly "furious" after a radio station hoaxed the hospital treating his pregnant wife.

William and Catherine have announced they are expecting their first child together, and the Duchess of Cambridge was hospitalised this week with severe morning sickness.

It has emerged that two Australian radio hosts phoned King Edward VII Hospital in London pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles and were given information about Catherine’s condition.

William is fuming that the 2Day FM presenters duped medical staff and palace officials are annoyed at the intrusion into the couple’s privacy.

“There is a lot of anger about this. Prince William was said to be furious when he found out,” a source told British newspaper The Mirror. “Kate is vulnerable and weak at the moment and these people think it’s funny to make a joke out of it?”

The hospital has since said it “deeply regrets” sharing the confidential details, while the Sydney-based radio station “sincerely apologises” for the prank.

The queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter has claimed hospital will be under pressure to explain why they revealed medical information without greater security checks.

“The royal family has been clients of the King Edward VII for many, many years and it beggars belief that a member of the public could call up and obtain details of the duchess’ medical condition in this way,” he explained. “Where on earth were the checks and balances?

"The hospital will be livid at what has happened and I am sure the palace will be demanding answers.”

Catherine’s sister Pippa Middleton, her brother James and mother Carole visited the hospital yesterday to spend time with the 30-year-old royal.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Catherine got pregnant after a recent royal tour and is due to give birth in July 2013.

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