The husband of Jacintha Saldanha, the London nurse who last week answered the prank call from an Australian radio station about the condition of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge and then apparently took her own life, has expressed his grief in a public message.
On his Facebook page, Ben Barboza writes, “I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances, She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India.”
In addition, King Edward VII’s Hospital, where the 46-year-old mother of two worked, announced Monday the launch of a memorial fund in her honor. All donations will go to her family.
“Jacintha Saldanha,” said the hospital chairman, Lord Glenarthur, in a statement, “was an outstanding nurse whose loss has shocked and saddened everyone at the hospital. Following discussions with her family, we have now established the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund in her memory.”
Donations may be sent to: Finance, King Edward VII’s Hospital, 10 Beaumont St., London W1G 6AA, U.K.
Also on Monday, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the two deejays who placed the phone call and impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles inquiring after Kate’s condition, apologized in interviews with two Australian TV stations.
“It was the worst phone call I’ve ever had in my life,” said Greig. “There’s not a minute that goes by that we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through. And the thought that we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching.”
Their program has been terminated and they have been placed on suspension by Australia’s 2DayFM.