'Royal nurse' set to be buried in India
Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who mistakenly helped divulge medical details about Prince William's wife, Kate, is set to be buried in her native India.PT0M0S 620 349
The body of an Indian-born nurse, found dead after taking a hoax call at the hospital treating Prince William's wife, has arrived in Mangalore following a memorial mass in London.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently committed suicide after answering the prank telephone call from two Australian radio DJs to the hospital where Kate Middleton was admitted during the early stages of her pregnancy.
Saldanha's funeral is expected to take place on Monday near Mangalore in Shirva, the home town of her husband Benedict Barboza, who accompanied her body on Sunday's flight to India along with their son, 16, and daughter, 14.
Victim of a hoax phone call ... nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
Her funeral will take place at Shirva's Our Lady of Health Church at 4pm local time on Monday (9.30pm AEDT).
"Jacintha and her family, they were working in the UK to earn their daily bread," Stany Tauro, a local priest said.
He said locals were proud that she had been a successful nurse who worked in a hospital where the British royal family were treated but many were shocked by the tragedy.
Saldanha's body arrived in India a day after the nurse's children told a service at London's Westminster Cathedral that her death had created "an unfillable void" in their lives.
"We will miss your laughter, the loving memories and the good times we had together. The house is an empty dwelling without your presence," her daughter Lisha said.
Saldanha's frail mother lives with her other daughter and a son in Mangalore, 360km from Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka.
"I feel very sorry that those two kids, they lost their mother's love and affection," said local politician DV Sadananda Gowda after visiting a family relative.
"The government ... is seeking an inquiry so that the truth should come out."
A London inquest last week heard that Saldanha, who moved to Britain about 12 years ago, had been found dead in staff accommodation on December 7 and there were no suspicious circumstances.
A few days earlier she put the prank call from a Australian radio station through to a colleague who gave confidential details about Kate Middleton's severe morning sickness to the DJs.
Saldanha left three notes, one of which reportedly criticised her colleagues over her treatment at the King Edward VII private hospital after the hoax call.
The hospital defended itself, saying it offered support to Saldanha and told her she would not be disciplined for being taken-in by the call.
Dozens of Indian students marched to the British High Commission in New Delhi on Saturday, carrying banners demanding "Justice for Jacintha".
The demonstrators alleged that "as a person of Indian origin she was isolated, victimised and subjected to harassment by the authorities".
Australian police say death threats have been made against Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the DJs from Sydney's 2Day FM radio station who made the call posing as the Queen and Prince Charles.
The presenters made tearful apologies last week.
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), the parent company of 2Day FM, has ended the pair's Hot 30 show and suspended prank calls across the company.