Kate Middleton’s Nurse’s Family Speaks On Suicide: We’re ‘Devastated’

Sun, December 9, 2012 9:23am EST by 10 Comments
Jacintha Saldanha Family
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The family of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who allegedly committed suicide on Dec. 6 after patching through a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on Dec. 4, have released a statement and they’re ‘devastated!’ So sad.

Benedict Barboza has broken his silence and has released a statement regarding his wife Jacintha Saldanha’s death. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney’s 2Day FM station claimed to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on December 4 — they were patched through by Jacintha. Two days after the incident, Jacintha was found dead from a suspected suicide. 

“I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances,” Benedict, 49,  an NHS accountant, said on his Facebook page. The couple’s 14-year-old daughter Lisha used Facebook to write her own message: “I miss you, I loveeee you.”

The Prank Call Backstory

The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and were given actual information on Kate’s hyperemesis gravidarum condition.

During the phone call, you can hear DJ Mel posing as Queen Elizabeth II saying, “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”

It’s unclear exactly what the nurse told Mel, but she says the nurse, “was giving us real information,” that left her in shock.

“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel is quoted as saying. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”

Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement on Nurse’s Suicide

St. James’s Palace also released a statement on the nurse’s suicide, saying, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the DJs be fired?

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— Chris Rogers

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