Jacintha Saldanha's family and friends are mourning the death of the woman they described as "good natured." Saldanha was the nurse that was tricked by Australian radio hosts on Tuesday. She took the call, and transferred the DJs to Kate Middleton's room. She was found dead yesterday after being publicly humiliated for almost a week.
In the call, Mel Greig, one of the DJs, said: "Oh hello there, could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?" pretending to be the queen. Saldanha replies with a simple: "Oh yes, just hold on ma'am." The call was made at 5:30 in the morning on Tuesday.
Neeraj Singh, a nurse that used to work with Saldanha says "it's devastating, you know. It's never supposed to happen. These things you think will never happen. It could've happened to anybody. We have many, many phone calls and you know, if somebody claims to be the Queen and phones you, I don't know what I should've done or anybody else must have done. You won't have time to think really."
Saldanha is being mourned by family and friends around the world, and by those that didn't know her. Her sister-in-law said described her as "a good-natured sister-in-law...she was beautiful."
In a statement from St James's palace, the royal family also expresses their sorrow for the nurse's death:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. 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.
The hospital, nor the royal family, blamed either Saldanha or the nurse that gave out personal information about the Duchess. Nurses are trained to take care of people, they pointed out, not to deal with prank calls from radio stations. The nurses were not reprimanded by the hospital, and were instead given great sympathy.