We began this past week with a joyous bit of news, that Kate Middleton was indeed expecting a royal heir. The duchess is very early in her pregnancy so the announcement came because Kate had to go to hospital and the palace feared the news was going to leak. As you already know, hyperemesis gravidarum kept Kate hospitalized in London for 3 days last week. An overzealous Australian radio team decided to make a prank call to King Edward VII Hospital in an attempt to get a call directly to Kate. Unfortunately, Jacintha Saldanha took their call and patched it through believing that Queen Elizabeth was in fact on the other end of the line.
The audio of that phone call spread like wild fire and by Friday morning, Jacintha was found dead of what seemed to be a suicide across the street from the hospital where she had worked. According to her family, the quiet 46-year old mother was deeply humiliated by the call when she heard it broadcast and was really struggling with having made such a big mistake. The hospital insists that no disciplinary action was taken against the nurse and that she had been a very quiet, caring employee. Still Jacintha was depressed enough to kill herself – at least that’s what we’re supposed to believe, right?
Could it have been murder? Could a fanatic royalist have been so crazed by the threat to the Duchess that they took action on Kate’s behalf? What about the Royals themselves? Some think that you and I are expendable when it comes to ensuring the safety of royalty!
Was it suicide? Is it reasonable that Jacintha was so despondent over her blunder that she’d leave her husband and 14-year old daughter alone? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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