Legendary singer Morrissey has publicly lashed out at Kate Middleton following the suicide of one of the nurses at the hospital where she was treated for severe morning sickness. According to The Guardian, the outspoken Brit is blaming the royal family for the woman's death and accusing the Duchess of Cambridge, who was hospitalized last week for an acute type of pregnancy sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, of feeling "no shame" about the tragedy.
While Middleton was in the hospital, two radio DJs impersonated members of the royal family in order to get details about the Duchess' condition. The nurse who put the call through hanged herself days later.
"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. "…there's no blame placed on Kate Middleton, 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," he added.
On Dec. 4 two Australian radio show DJ's, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, prank-called the King Edward VII hospital. Speaking in a mock English accent, the hosts managed to trick Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a nurse at the hospital, into forwarding the call to a staff member who provided information on Kate's condition.
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The incident, like most involving the royals, made international headlines and captured the public's interest. Yet few expected the laughable hoax to lead to tragedy. On Dec. 7, Saldanha was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Morrissey failed to mention that it has yet to be confirmed whether or not Saldanha took her own life as a result of the hoax or other mental issues.
Immediately after the news of the woman's death broke, a St. James Palace spokesman released a statement on behalf of Prince William and Middleton.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. The 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."
The palace denied putting any "pressure" on the hospital or the nurse, despite what Morrissey suggested.
"At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident," a place spokesman told CNN on Friday. "On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times."
Morrissey's statements aside, the radio hosts responsible for the call seem to be bearing the brunt of the blame. According to ABC, Gregg and Christia issued an apology for the prank while their show was pulled from the airwaves. It has also been announced that the radio station responsible for the call will donate over $500,000 to Saldanha's family.
This past summer, Morrissey released a letter to members of his fan club comparing the royal family's actions during the Olympics to that of Nazi Germany.
"I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event," he said. "Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hijacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press."