Body of Jacintha Saldanha arrives in India

The casket containing the body of Jacintha Saldanha arrives in India for her funeral. Photo /AP
The casket containing the body of Jacintha Saldanha arrives in India for her funeral. Photo /AP

The body of an Indian-born nurse who was found dead after taking a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William's wife has arrived in Mangalore following a memorial mass in London.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, had answered the prank telephone call from two Sydney radio DJs to the hospital where Catherine was admitted during the early stages of her pregnancy.

Her funeral is expected to take place on Monday near Mangalore in Shirva, the home town of her husband Benedict Barboza. He accompanied her body on Sunday's flight to India along with their son, 16, and daughter, 14.

Saldanha left three notes, one of which reportedly criticised her colleagues over her treatment at the King Edward VII's private hospital.

The hospital has defended itself, saying it offered support to Saldanha and had stressed to her she would not be disciplined for being taken in by the call.

A report in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper suggested Saldanha had been involved in a dispute with a colleague at the hospital several weeks before her death, and had been unhappy with the way managers dealt with it.

Saldanha's frail mother lives with her other daughter and a son in Mangalore, 360 kilometres from Bangalore in the western state 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 and what the reasons are behind this incident."

Saldanha's body arrived 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.

A London inquest last week heard that Saldanha, who moved to Britain around 12 years ago, had been found hanged in staff accommodation on December 7 and that there were no suspicious circumstances over her death.

A few days earlier she put the prank call from 2Day FM through to a colleague who relayed confidential details about Catherine's severe morning sickness to the DJs.

Australian police say death threats have been made against DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig, who made the call posing as the Queen and Prince Charles.

-AFP

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