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The Australian radio announcers who made a hoax phone call King Edward VII's Hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated will not face criminal charges, the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has said today.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretended to be members of the royal family when they called and asked about her well-being while she was being treatment for morning sickness.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who took the phone call, was found dead three days later.

The CPS stated that there was no evidence to support a manslaughter charge.

They did say there was some evidence to justify investigation into offences under the Data Protection Act, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003, but confirmed that would not be pursued, as it’s not in the public interest.

Deputy head of special crime at the CPS Malcolm McHaffie said:

"It is not possible to extradite individuals from Australia in respect of the potential offences in question. However misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank," he said.

"The consequences in this case were very sad. We send our sincere condolences to Jacintha Saldanha's family."

Grieg and Christian's show, the Hot 30 Countdown was this week axed by the Austereo network.

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