Royal hoax call: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha blames DJs for death in note left behind
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An Indian-origin nurse, who was found dead after a hoax call to a UK hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate, left a note blaming the two Australian DJs behind the prank for her tragic death.
In one of the three apparent suicide notes left by 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse expressed her deep anger at the Australian radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian and blamed them for her death, Daily Mail reported today, quoting sources close to her family.
Jacintha, a mum-of-two, was found hanging with a scarf at her staff accommodation at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London, where 30-year-old Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness.
Within an hour of the hoax call, one of the Djs telephoned the hospital back and spoke to Jacintha again,telling her they had played a prank which they were about to broadcast, the report said.
The revelation is believed to have left Jacintha, who had no experience of dealing with the media, feeling confused and agitated, it said.
The DJs, who are believed to be at safe addresses following death threats, have apologised for the tragic repercussions of their prank.
The paper reported that in another note, Jacintha had criticised "aspects of the hospital staff," and singled out two individuals for blame.
Although the hospital has insisted that no senior member, of staff blamed Jacintha for falling victim to the prank and provided her with support, it is understood she may have been reprimanded by colleagues by email, it said.
The hospital has declined to comment on the notes, saying senior staff have not seen copies. It is believed the original notes are now in the possession of Scotland Yard, which has produced transcripts for the family.
Sources close to the family said their relationship with the hospital was strained as senior managers had not provided "facts" they requested.