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Watch: Morrissey Says Royal Family Should Be Held Accountable For Jacintha Saldanha Suicide

Written by Marc Zanotti on December 12, 2012

Revered musician Morrissey has put the onus on Kate Middleton and The Royal Family for the death of Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide after a prank call from The 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian.

Whereas much of the blame in the public arena has been focused on Greig and Christian, Morrissey sees the matter a little differently. During a recent interview with 3 News, a New Zealand news station, Morrissey said that Jacintha Saldanha’s suicide was not caused by the two Australian DJs, but rather the pressure created by The Royal Family.

Morrissey labels The Royal Family as a “self-elected monarchy” and a “dictatorship”, before going on to link the death of Saldanha with the pressure put on the nurse by The Royal Family and the British press, and accusing Middleton of feeling no shame about the tragic suicide.

“Even with the recent story about the nurse killing herself in King Edward Hospital, there’s no blame placed on Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital as far as I could see for absolutely no reason. 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 staggering, absolutely staggering. And why it’s allowed to be I really don’t know.”

“And 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. I’m sure the British press hounded this poor woman to her death, that’s kept away. And by this time next week, she’ll be forgotten. And that’s how the British royals work.”

When the interviewer then notes that “the mass of people are pointing the finger at the DJs that made the call”, Morrissey suggests that Greig and Christian are simply scapegoats in an effort to distract from the accountability of The Royal Family.

“But that’s just a way of distracting people really isn’t it. It was a prank call and they probably didn’t ever think they’d get as far as they did. And I’m sure thousands of prank calls are made to Buckingham Palace every day. People probably do it all the time. 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.”

“It wasn’t because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her. And we forget about that and of course the Royals are exonerated as always, they’re just so wonderful and we focus on something else, two DJs in Australia, which is not how it should be.”

Watch: 3 News Full interview with Morrissey

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