The Royal Blame Game

Pregnancy is a miracle process that women experience to bring new life into this world. However, pregnant royalty? That is a whole other story. Pregnant while being part of the royal family results in mass media coverage over your womb. Media coverage of what YOU would name your child, sex of your child, and all that lovely stuff. You would think everyone else is having that baby…

Yes, I am excited that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. Yes, it is quite big news and I am extremely happy for them, however, is it truly necessary to bring about the whole media spotlight upon the Duchess? The mass media coverage over her womb and person will only increase the social pressure she already feels by being the Duchess. Funniest thing? There have been pregnancy reports from various magazines regarding the Duchess of Cambridge’s womb. I’m sorry for putting it so crudely or brashly but its the truth. Currently on Bing.com, if you just search the terms: “Duchess of Cambridge pregnant” you will have 38,000 results. I believe most of these results are news coverages regarding the Duchess and her pregnancy.

However, I digress. The Duchess of Cambridge was recently admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for Hyperemesis Gravidarum. (Hyperemesis Gravidarum is extremely acute morning sickness that usually recedes after the second trimester.) During her stay in the hospital, an incident occurred that brought about the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha. Her death was the results of a prank played by Australian DJs’ posing as Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II calling and asking how the Duchess was doing. The question now becomes who’s to be blamed?

Fingers are now being pointed in every direction. Should Jacintha Saldanha be blamed for sharing the Duchess’s private medical records? Should the two DJs’ be blamed for exposing the Duchess’ medical records which resulted in Jacintha Saldanha’s suicide? Should the Duchess be blamed?

There are multiple factors that may have resulted in nurse Jacintha’s suicide. However, the sole blame should not be placed on one party. What was the process that King Edward VII Hospital used to confirm that it was Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II on the phone? BEFORE they dispatched the call to the private ward where the Duchess of Cambridge stayed in. Did nurse Jacintha double check if the two were in fact actual royalty? Then there are questionable practices from the DJs and their bosses. This “simply harmless” prank became so much more.

Thhe DJs’ and their superiors have tried to contact the hospital regarding the pre-recorded prank to ask in regards to the prank. However, it was still a splendid idea to air out other people’s private medical details just because their royalty? Does it make it okay if we air out the DJs’ private medical histories? I truly find it hard to believe that this radio station felt that it was okay to air this PRE-recorded “prank”. If they tired contacting the hospital, that means they have thought of the possible repercussions this “prank” would have when it was aired. The radio stations’ parent company plans to donate a sum of £326,000 (about $527,337.43) to the memorial fund that King Edward VII Hospital has created in Jacintha’s name. However £326,000 does not rectify the stupidity of the prank nor does it bring Jacintha back. Is the £326,000 acting as a “price to be paid” as a “I am sorry this happened” and be done with it?

My biggest issue with this entire issue is with this man: Morrissey.

Really?! You are seriously going to blame the Duchess who does NOT want all this media coverage for all of this? She did not ASK to be hospitalized for morning sickness or so Morrissey says, anorexia. I never knew singers were experts on pregnancy and the female body.  In the article from Jezebel.com titled, Big Mouth Strikes Again: Morrissey Blames Kate Middleton for Nurse’s Suicide, Dodai Stewart says, “Kate Middleton is just a girl, who fell in love with a boy, and got knocked up and started vomiting incessantly. It is not her fault.” These words express it perfectly. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the monarchy and how they work, however to blame the Duchess for being pregnant? I think that is just wrong.

What do you think?

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