Morrissey blames royal family for nurse’s death
Morrissey has blamed the royal family for the suspected suicide of Jacintha Saldanha. The singer accused the royals of “staggering arrogance” following the death of Saldanha, a nurse who was tricked by two Australian DJs into revealing details of the Duchess of Cambridge‘s pregnancy.
“It wasn’t because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her,” Morrissey told New Zealand’s 3News. While much of this stress can be blamed on the press, he said, or the “maximum pressure [of] … the Palace and Clarence House,” he called on the duchess to take direct responsibility.
“[She] was in the hospital, as far as I could see, for absolutely no reason,” the singer said. “She feels no shame about the death of this woman, she’s saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is absolutely staggering.”
Morrissey has even accused Kate Middleton of being in hospital for spurious reasons, despite doctors diagnosing her with the serious complaint known as hyperemesis gravidarum. “Does she have a health condition?” the singer asked. “Is it anorexia or is it pregnancy? … I mean morning sickness already? So much hoo haw and then suddenly as bright as a button as soon as this poor woman dies she’s out of hospital? It doesn’t ring true.”
This is in stark contrast to the medical evidence, which views hyperemesis gravidarum as a serious medical condition with symptoms that include 24-hour periods of vomiting and dehydration. Hospitalisation is a common consequence for those who suffer from it.
Buckingham Palace must receive “thousands” of prank calls every day, the 53-year-old said. Blaming the incident on the DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, “is just a way of distracting people”. “The fact they got so far probably astonished them beyond belief. But the pressure put on the woman who connected the callers was probably so enormous that she took her own life … And we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always.”
Greig and Christian have both apologised for their prank call, as has their employer, 2DayFM. According to the Associated Press, executives at the radio station could face criminal charges for airing the conversation without its participants’ consent.
• This article was amended on 12 December 2012 to add a paragraph clarifying that the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition is not simply “morning sickness” as it was described by Morrissey.
British singer Morrissey has blamed the British royal family for the apparent suicide of a nurse caught in a radio prank involving the Duchess of Cambridge, saying he suspected the royal household put “maximum pressure on her” after the scandal.
Who killed Jacintha Saldanha?
The nurse who took the call from two Australian DJs and passed it on to the Duchess of Cambridge’s room became the story when she was found dead a couple of days later.
Her death has been called a suicide, but that’s just an inference so far. One British newspaper reported Tuesday that she had left a note for her family. But there is no word yet as to what it said and there has been no official pronouncement as to her cause of death or even whether the 46-year-old mother of two took her own life. An autopsy has been performed but the results haven’t been released, pending an inquest.
What’s known is that her death turned what had been a controversial prank into one that was almost universally condemned. Commentators on social media and some more traditional forms said the two radio personalities that pulled the prank had blood on their hands.
It’s natural to want to blame someone in a tragedy like this, and Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the two presenters who posed as the Queen and Prince Charles, are the obvious targets. They made the call that fooled Saldanha and the nurse who talked to them about Kate Middleton’s condition. And they laughed about it. They aren’t laughing now.
morrissey hates the royals..i think hes drawing a long bow here..but each to their own..i want to know whats in the suicide notes and who she blames..surely that would solve a lot of the speculating..