William, 32, told Ben Barboza of the royal couple’s sadness and sent the family their “deepest condolences” for the death of his wife in the letter, made public by the Mail on Sunday.
Jacintha Saldanha was the victim of a hoax call by two Australian radio presenters soon after Kate was admitted to hospital when she was first pregnant with Prince George in December 2012.
In the handwritten letter, dated New Year’s Day 2013, William told Barboza, “We were both very shocked to hear about Jacintha, and have been thinking a lot about her recently. Many of the nurses in the hospital spoke highly of her and I’m sure you know how great a nurse she was.”
He went on to praise the care they got from Saldanha and the other nurses on duty at the King Edward VII hospital for the three days they were there as Kate fought severe pregnancy sickness.
William and Kate are en route to the United States, set to arrive at the plush Carlyle Hotel later Sunday.