What to Read Next

Morrissey, British Singer, Blames Pregnant Kate Middleton for Nurse's Suicide

December 12, 2012
Morrissey, British Singer, Blames Pregnant Kate Middleton for Nurse's Suicide
Morrissey, British Singer, Blames Pregnant Kate Middleton for Nurse's Suicide

British singer Morrissey is blaming Kate Middleton and the royal family for the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was tricked into helping reveal details about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian. The radio personalities did so by impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call.

(Saldanha, 46, was found dead Dec. 7 near London's King Edward VII Hospital where Middleton, 30, had been treated for acute morning sickness. The nurse left a suicide note for her husband, Ben Barboza, and their two children, Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14.)

PHOTOS: Prince William and Kate Middleton's first year of marriage

"It wasn't because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life -- it was the pressure around her," Morrissey, 53, told New Zealand's 3News. The musician believes Middleton was in the hospital "for absolutely no reason" and 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."

The royal couple have, however, issued a statement regarding the nurse's passing. "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."

PHOTOS: Kate Middleton's body through the years

In the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday), a source reveals that Middleton was devastated by Saldanha's suicide. "Kate's heart went out to her family. Her first question was, 'Does she have children?'"

Morrissey also questioned Middleton's hyperemesis gravidarum diagnosis. "Does she have a health condition?" the singer 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."

VIDEO: Kate Middleton and Prince William talk baby plans

(According to The National Organization for Rare Diseases, the percentage of pregnant women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum is estimated to be between .03 percent and 1 percent. The illness is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, lightheadedness and fainting. It often requires hospitalization.)

Morrissey estimated that Buckingham Palace receives "thousands" of prank calls per day. Blaming DJs Greig and Christian, the former Smiths vocalist argued, "is just a way of distracting people."

PHOTOS: Royal pregnancies

"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," Morrissey reasoned. "And we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always."

The Sydney-based DJs have publicly apologized for their prank call, calling themselves ""shattered, gutted, heartbroken" over Saldanha's suicide. The nurse's family, meanwhile, has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her death.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Morrissey, British Singer, Blames Pregnant Kate Middleton for Nurse's Suicide

Auto Glass Repair VA/MD/DC

We Come to You Same Day Service. All Insurance Accepted Top Quality.

Get vitamins here. Change lives everywhere.

For kids like Rosemary, proper nutrition makes a big difference. See how you can help kids everywhere just by buying your vitamins at Walgreens.

Already Have Your Bachelor's Degree?

Learn more about earning your master's or doctoral degree from Walden University. Study online and further your career. Request free information!

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

United States drivers are stunned that they never knew this. If you drive less than 50 mi/day, you better read this...

Personal Loan Rates as low as 5.99% APR

$25,000 for $742/mo. 3 yr repayment, $0 down payment. No obligation quotes. Get up to 5 offers in minutes. Quotes are free! Start loan request now.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Car Insurance for AARP Members from The Hartford

50+? Request a free quote and you could save $420* on auto insurance from The Hartford!

Toddler tantrum email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track for advice on how to handle different situations that may arise with your little one.

Drive part-time, full-time, or anytime with Uber!

As an Uber independent contractor you can get paid to drive your own car! We connect you with riders, and you work when you want to.

Bad News For Insurance, Great News For Virginia

Virginia drivers, with cars and good driving records are learning that they may qualify for lower car insurance rates. Do you qualify?

$70/Month Is Too Much For Auto Insurance

If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

Shift into High Gear

Train on the latest street bikes, sport bikes, dirt bikes, ATVs and personal watercraft. Get the training you need for a career you’ll love.

Thinking About Life Insurance? It's Not Too Late.

Compare rates from top Life Insurance companies and see how much you can save. Protect what's important to you, and keep some money in your pocket.