While many have jumped to blame Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig for the suicide of British prank call nurse Jacintha Saldanha, singer Morrissey has a different take on the incident. He says that it’s actually Kate Middleton who should be feeling the heat for the receptionist’s decision to take her own life.
“It wasn’t because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life — it was the pressure around her,” Morrissey tells New Zealand’s 3News. He feels Middleton was at King Edward VII Hospital “for absolutely no reason” and adds that “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 continues, “Does [Middleton] have a health condition? 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.”
The former The Smiths frontman says he feels like the DJs shouldn’t be the ones being thrown into the fire, and rather people should think about the role the British royals played in this tragic story.
“The fact [the DJs] 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,” he says. “And we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always.”
For their part, Middleton and Prince William released a statement about Saldana’s death. “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,” the statement reads.