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Mourners fill church for royal prank call nurse's funeral

The funeral is being held for the nurse who was found dead after becoming the victim of a prank call at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated.

The Our Lady of Health Church in Shriva in south-west India was packed with mourners, including Jacintha Saldanha's husband and children.

The priest and other Church officials conduct the ceremony Credit: Reuters
Jacintha's coffin was decorated with tropical flowers and a portrait of her Credit: Reuters
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Hospital 'determined' to know 'full facts' of nurse's death

We have been cooperating fully with the police and the Coroner’s investigation ever since Jacintha’s death on Friday of last week. We are determined to understand the full facts of what happened, and hope that everyone will join with us in assisting the Coroner as the best way to achieve this. In due course the Coroner’s inquest will be able to reach a conclusion based on all of the evidence.

– Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital

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Hospital has had 'regular contact' with late nurse's family

King Edward VII's Hospital said it was continuing to support Jacintha Saldanha's family in a "number of ways", but said it would be "inappropriate" to divulge details, while attacking reports of distance between the parties.

Contrary to many inaccurate reports, we have been in regular contact with them since shortly after Jacintha’s death a week ago, offering them whatever support we could and the opportunity to meet at any time. We can confirm that we met with the family earlier in the week, and answered all of their questions in full. The family asked that the contents of the meeting remain private.

– King Edward VII's Hospital
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Hospital insists there was no criticism of hoax nurse

We would reiterate that Jacintha (Saldanha) was an outstanding nurse, doing her duty caring for sick patients. Following the hoax call hospital management offered her their support and told her that they considered her the victim of a cruel hoax. They stood by her actions, and made it clear there was no criticism of her, and that there would be no disciplinary action of any kind.

– King Edward VII’s Hospital

A memorial service was held this morning by the hospital for Mrs Saldanha.

Chief executive John Lofthouse said the service offered everyone here a chance to "pay their respects and remember a dear colleague."

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Report: Royal hoax nurse's suicide note criticised staff

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged in her nurses' quarters a week ago. Credit: Met Police/PA Wire

The nurse at the centre of the Royal hoax criticised staff at the King Edward VII's Hospital in one of the apparent suicide notes that were found at the scene of her death, The Guardian has reported.

The newspaper quoted two separate sources who accounted for the three notes that yesterday's inquest said were recovered near to Jacintha Saldanha's body.

They said one concerned the hoax call by the Australian DJs, another outlined her funeral requests and the third "addresses her employers, the hospital, and contained criticism of staff there."

The hospital said it had offered Mrs Saldanha "full support" following the prank call.

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Hoax nurse - inquest latest

An inquest has heard that the nurse who died after taking a prank phonecall, was found hanging in her work accomodation.

While on shift at King Edward seventh hospital in Marylebone, Jacintha Saldanha answered a call from 2 DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Juliet Bremner was at today's inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court.

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Westminster Cathedral to hold mass for Royal baby nurse

A spokesman for Westminster Cathedral confirmed the December 15 mass. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

A mass is to be held for Royal baby nurse Jacintha Saldanha at London's Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.

The mass will be offered "for the repose of the soul of Jacintha and her grieving family," a spokesman for the Cathedral said. "We would hope to hold a more formal memorial after the inquest has concluded."

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Husband identified Royal baby nurse's body

Mr Barboza, with the couple's daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The body of Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha has been visually identified by her accountant husband Benedict Barboza, London's Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

None of the family was present at the inquest.

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