Royal Hoax Nurse Funeral

The funeral has been held in India for the Bristol nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Full report: Mourners gather in India for Bristol nurse's funeral

Hundreds of mourners have gathered in a small town in India for the funeral of the Bristol nurse found dead after answering a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

Friends and family today paid their respects to Jacintha Saldanha. Earlier her two children had described the "unfillable void" left in their lives by her death. Eli-Louise Wringe's has the story.

In Pictures: Jacintha Saldanha's funeral

Benedict Barboza holds his son Junal and daughter Lisha during the burial of his wife, nurse Jacintha Saldanha at her hometown Shirva, near Mangalore in southwest India.

Benedict Barboza with his son Junal and daughter Lisha during the burial of his wife Credit: Rafiq Maqbool/AP/Press Association Images
Relatives carry the coffin containing the body of nurse Jacintha Saldanha Credit: Rafiq Maqbool/AP/Press Association Images
Relatives put soil and flowers during the burial Credit: Rafiq Maqbool/AP/Press Association Images

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Bristol nurse's funeral takes place in India

Jacintha Saldanha - the nurse who is thought to have killed herself after being duped by a prank call- has been buried in her home town in India.

The mother-of-two from Bristol was found dead days after putting a call from an Australian radio station through to staff treating the Duchess of Cambridge. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.

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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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Media group's nurse fund donation welcomed by hospital

Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, has welcomed news that Southern Cross Media Group are set to make a sizeable donation to the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Jacintha Saldanha was an outstanding nurse who was much loved by everyone at King Edward VII’s Hospital. After discussion with her family, we have established the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund to benefit her husband and children at this difficult time. I am pleased to announce that many donations have already been made from around the world.

I have today read that Southern Cross Media Group have pledged to make a minimum donation of $500,000 Australian Dollars to an appropriate fund. We would certainly welcome such a donation to the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund.

– Lord Glenarthur

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Scotland Yard to interview prank call witnesses

Michael Christian and Mel Greig
Australian DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig may be called as witnesses. Credit: Channel 7

Scotland Yard detectives will contact their colleagues in Australia to interview witnesses to "put the best evidence" before the coroner about the circumstances of Jacintha Saldanha's death.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman told Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox: "I can expect in the very near future to be in contact with colleagues in New South Wales."

Mrs Saldanha had been fooled by Sydney-based DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig into believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales during the prank call to the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.