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Royal hoax radio staff moved to safehouses, assigned bodyguards?

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Staff at the radio station involved in the royal hoax that led to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha have reportedly been moved to safehouses.

Managers at Sydney radio station 2Day FM are also said to have hired bodyguards, fearing retaliation as the health worker's body is released to undertakers.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian on air at 2DayFM

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Saldanha's body was discovered days after DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian carried out a prank call to London's King Edward VII hospital - where Kate Middleton was receiving treatment for acute morning sickness - impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.

The 46-year-old patched the call through to a fellow nurse, who unwittingly revealed details of the Duchess of Cambridge's treatment.

Reports from Australia suggest that police are investigating claims that staff at the radio station have received death threats in the wake of the incident.

An inquest into the mother-of-two's death heard that she was found with injuries to her wrists and had left three notes before she died, two in her room at the hospital and one on her person.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: "On Friday, December 7, Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging.

Britain's Prince William stand next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, and the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy.

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Mel Greig and Michael Christian of 2Day FM Australia














"There were also injuries to her wrists. The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances."

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has received more than 2,500 complaints from around the world since the prank was played, according to Sky News.

An investigation is now under way into whether 2Day FM broke broadcasting laws by recording a person in conversation and airing it without their knowledge.

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