Husband of Royal Prank Call Nurse Victim Says He’s ‘Devastated With the Tragic Loss’

By: Lily Harrison / December 10, 2012

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The husband of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who answered an Australian radio station’s prank call regarding Kate Middleton‘s pregnancy then took her own life, has opened up about his wife’s tragic suicide.

Ben Barboza wrote on his Facebook page, “I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances. She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India.”

Lisha, one of the couple’s daughters, also expressed her grief on the social networking site, writing to her mother, “I miss you, I loveeee you.”

Saldahna committed suicide days after Mel Greg and Michael Christian of Sydney-based 2DayFM dialed into the King Edward VII’s Hoispital as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles looking for an update on the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition.

Middleton was in the hospital after suffering from acute morning sickness due to the early stages of her pregnancy.

In a television interview with the Nine Network in Australia, the radio hosts admitted they are “shattered, gutted (and) heartbroken” over the tragic end to their hoax.

“There’s not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching,” Greig told the program, A Current Affair.

The pair wept at times during the interview — their first public appearance since Saldanha’s death was confirmed — revealing the “simple harmless phone call” had been the joint idea of their production team.

The weekend after 46-year-old mother-of-two committed suicide, the chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital penned a letter to the radio station condemning the prank call.

“I am writing to protest in the strongest possible terms about the hoax call made from your radio station, 2DayFM, to this hospital last Tuesday,” Lord Glenarthur wrote in a letter addressed to Max Moore-Wilton, chairman of the station’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo.

The DJs have since been taken off the air and have reportedly been offered counseling in the wake of the nurse’s death.

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