Morrissey has insisted that the Royal Family must shoulder their fair share of blame for the death of Jacintha Saldanha.
It's become one of the most dissected hoax calls in history. Two Australian DJs from 2Day FM managed to get through to the hospital where Kate Middleton was undergoing treatment for severe morning sickness, and obtained confidential information by pretending to be members of the Royal Family.
During the press furore which followed Jacintha Saldanha - the nurse who inadvertently answered the original call - was found dead of an apparent suicide. The media outcry which followed has been intense, with most of the attention following on the Australian DJ duo behind the call.
Now Morrissey has stepped into the fray. Speaking to New Zealand's 3News, the singer explained that he believed the Royal Family must shoulder some of the blame. "It wasn't because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her," he explained. (via The Guardian)
While the press applied much of that pressure, the singer also blamed the "maximum pressure [of] … the Palace and Clarence House". Referring to Kate Middleton, Morrissey doubted the reasons behind her treatment. "(She) was in the hospital, as far as I could see, for absolutely no reason," the singer said. "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."
"Does she have a health condition?" he asked. "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." Continuing, Morrissey said that Buckingham Palace must tackle "thousands" of prank calls each day.
Elsewhere, the singer insisted that blaming the DJs behind the incident, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, "is just a way of distracting people". "The fact they 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 … And we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always."
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