Kate Middleton 'to blame' for nurse's death, says Morrissey
Singer attacks royals for 'staggering arrogance' and asks: why was Kate in hospital anyway?
THE SINGER Morrissey has accused the Royal Family of "staggering arrogance" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who apparently killed herself last week after being tricked by a hoax call from two Australian DJs seeking information about Kate Middleton's morning sickness. An inquest which opened today heard that she was found hanging by a scarf having left three notes.
The former Smiths frontman, whose contempt for the royals is well documented, was talking to a TV station in New Zealand. He said that the Duchess of Cambridge should bear some of the responsibility for the apparent suicide.
"It wasn't because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her," he claimed. "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.”
Morrissey also said: "There is no blame so far placed on Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital - as far as I could see - for absolutely no reason," he added. "She feels no shame about the death of this woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering."
He also questioned the reason for the duchess's hospitalisation. "Does she have a health condition? Is it anorexia or is it pregnancy?" he asked.
The duchess was being treated for the condition hyperemesis gravidarum, which can cause serious dehydration in pregnant woman. Clarence House also issued a statement saying that William and Kate were "deeply saddened" by the death.
The Sun described Morrissey's outburst as a "vile rant" while the Daily Mail pointed out that the Mancunian had also taken aim at the Olympics earlier in the year, saying he felt unable to watch the events in London because of the "blustering jingoism" that accompanied them.
The 53-year-old singer appears to have changed his opinion of William and Kate since 2010, when he told The Guardian: "They are so dull as people that it is actually impossible to discuss them."