Manchester’s ever-controversial music legend Morrissey has waded into the royal prank call debate, claiming Kate Middleton should shoulder some of the blame.
Speaking to New Zealand’s 3 News, Morrissey, 53, who is currently on tour in the country, said he did not believe the two Australian DJ’s who performed the prank call could be fully blamed for the death of Jacintha Saldanha, 46.
The former Smiths front-man is a well known critic of the royal family, releasing a 1986 album named ‘The Queen Is Dead.’
Morrissey said: “It wasn’t because of 2 DJ’s in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her, and we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always.
“It was a prank call, and they probably didn’t ever think they would get as far as they did and I am sure thousands of prank calls are made to Buckingham Palace every day.”
Mrs Saldanha was found dead last Friday after a suspected suicide, leaving behind her husband, Benedict Barboza, and a 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.
“I am sure the Palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor nurse and of course that was kept away from the British press.
“There is no blame placed at Kate Middleton who was in that hospital as far as I can see for absolutely no reason.
“She feels no shame about the death of this woman, she is saying nothing about the death of this poor woman.
“The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering.”