Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Morrissey: Royals should take hoax responsibility


Singer Morrissey has blasted the British royal family, blaming them for the death of a nurse caught up in a hospital hoax.

The Duchess of Cambridge spent a few days at King Edward VII hospital in London last week. Her stay was thrown into turmoil after hosts on an Australian radio station posed as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in order to get information about Catherine's condition.

Jacintha Saldanha, one of the nurses duped into believing the DJs were members of the monarchy, was found dead last week, and Morrissey believes the royal family should take more responsibility for the tragic events.

"Even with the recent story about the nurse killing herself in King Edward Hospital, there's no blame placed on Kate Middleton [Catherine], who was in the hospital as far as I could see for absolutely no reason," he told New Zealand's 3News. "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 staggering, absolutely staggering. And why it's allowed to be I really don't know.

"And I'm sure the palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor receptionist and nurse, and of course that's kept away from the press."

Anti-monarchist Morrissey went on to make serious allegations about Catherine's health.

The pregnant duchess checked into the hospital to be treated for severe morning sickness, but outspoken Morrissey has questioned the real reason for her stay at the medical facility.

"Does she have a health condition...? Is it anorexia or is it pregnancy? I mean morning sickness already?" Morrissey added. "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."

Morrissey has made no secret of his dislike for the British royal family.

Last year, he said on American TV that the royals were "absolutely horrible people" and "arrogant, horrible dictators".

2Day FM hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian have given a series of interviews in Australia about the prank, where they have said they are "incredibly sorry" for the events.

The radio station has promised to donate a minimum of £326,000 to a fund for Jacintha's family.

A post-mortem has been carried out on the nurse's body to determine the cause of her death. The results are expected to be published on Thursday, with reports claiming she was found hanged in staff accommodation near the hospital and declared dead at the scene.

It has also been reported that the nurse wrote letters to her husband and two children before she died.

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