An inquest into the death of India-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha following a prank phone call from two Australian radio jockeys has been postponed for a second time as the coroner has sought more information.
The 46-year-old was found hanged in the nurse's quarters of the King Edward VII hospital here, days after being duped into transferring a hoax call from two Australian radio presenters posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, that gave away information about a then pregnant Kate Middleton's health.
The two-day inquest into her suspected suicide had been scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.
The court was also due to hear evidence in person from Mel Greig of 2Day FM, who made the prank call with colleague Michael Christian.
However, coroner Fiona Wilcox's office said she was "seeking more information".
"We hope to have a new date within a few days," a spokesman for Westminster council, which handles media inquiries for Westminster coroner's court, said.
The hearing was initially to take place in May this year.
British Indian MP Keith Vaz, who has been supporting the family since the nurse's death, said: "They were surprised to hear that the inquest has been adjourned just a few days before it was due to begin".
"They are rather disappointed at the decision as they have been waiting for nine months and this is the second time the inquest has been adjourned. For them, the inquest represents closure. We very much hope we will have a new date set soon," he said.
Saldanha had answered the call at the hospital on December 4 last year and transferred it to the ward where Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for acute morning sickness.
Mangalore-born Saldanha lived in Bristol with her husband Benedict Barboza, son Jonal, and her niece Lisha, who the family had adopted.
The radio station 2Day FM said last week it had phone records showing it attempted to gain permission to air the now infamous prank call.
A spokesperson said the station had always maintained that four follow-up calls were made despite the hospital stating it had no records of the calls.
A recent 'Sunday Times' investigation claimed that the hospital continued to believe there had been no further calls but allowed for the possibility that Saldanha may have received further calls and never disclosed them.
This could have added to her distress.
She left behind three suicide notes and while two are described as "housekeeping" intended to get her affairs in order, the third implicates the two Australian DJs: "I hold the Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for their act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry, Jacintha."
The apology in the suicide note is likely to be in reference to her actions regarding the hoax calls.
The coroner has granted anonymity to a duty nurse who may have been one of the last people to speak with Saldanha on the night of the call.
It was revealed in July that the Australian federal police and New South Wales police were evaluating a file provided to them by London's Metropolitan police over the phone call made on December 4 last year.