12/12/2012 10:25 GMT | Updated 12/12/2012 11:48 GMT

Jacintha Saldanha Death: Morrissey Hits Out At Royal 'Arrogance'

Morrissey has lashed out at the "staggering arrogance" of the British royal family in the wake of the suspected suicide of a nurse who was duped by two Australian DJ prank callers.

The former Smiths frontman said he believed Duchess of Cambridge felt "no shame about the death of this woman" that worked at the King Edward VII hospital where the Duchess was being treated for morning sickness.

Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old nurse from Bristol, put through a prank call from DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretending to be the Queen and Prince of Wales to a colleague who then disclosed medical details about Kate.


Morrissey lashed out at the "staggering arrogance" of the British royals

According to a report in the Evening Standard, the mother-of-two left a note and was found hanging in her apartment three days after the call.

Speaking to New Zealand's 3 News, Morrissey said: "She [Kate] 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."

He also dismissed the Duchess' morning sickness condition, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, saying: "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."

He added: "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."

In the broadside, he describes the royal family as a "dictatorship," adding: "Why it's allowed to be I really don't know."

"I'm sure the palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor receptionist - nurse. Of course that's kept away from the press," he said.

"I'm sure the British press hounded this woman to her death. That's kept away."

The royals did release a statement when Ms Saldanha was found dead, saying they were "deeply saddened".

"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 two DJs have apologised for the prank call. The full post-mortem results on Ms Saldanha are expected to be released on Thursday.

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