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Prince Charles calls for health services to treat "mind, body and spirit"

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Jacintha Saldanha's widower Ben Barboza (centre) and her children Lisha (left) and Junal mourn during her funeral at a cemetery in Shirva

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Hundreds attend funeral at village where nurse who took her own life grew up

Body of Kate nurse flown to India for funeral

The body of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been flown to India for her funeral.

Family describe 'unfillable void' left by nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death at Westminster Cathedral mass

The family of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs described the “unfillable void” left in their lives as a mass was held for her at Westminster Cathedral today.

The Prince's environmental values have been called into question

Prince Charles attacked over tax payments

Clarence House defended the Prince of Wales' financial arrangements today after he was reported to authorities over claims the Duchy of Cornwall is a "well entrenched tax avoidance scheme".

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha: Suicide note criticising senior hospital staff found among possessions of nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged in her apartment in the nurses’ quarters at the King Edward VII hospital last Friday

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax was found hanged in flat alongside 'suicide note'

Jacintha Saldanha is understood to have been dead for some time

Hoax call nurse left a note before suspected suicide

Family demand answers from hospital as MP calls for full inquiry into tragic death

Post-mortem due to take place on Duchess of Cambridge nurse Jacintha Saldanha

A post-mortem examination is due to be held today on the nurse who apparently took her own life after she was duped by a hoax call made to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Saldanha family with MP Keith Vaz

Australian radio presenters express sorrow over nurse's apparent suicide following prank tragedy

Hospital spokesman queries if station sought to make contact before broadcast

Video: Royal prank DJs speak out in first interview

The two radio presenters behind the royal hospital prank call have given their first interview since the death of one of the nurses involved in the incident.

Prank-call DJs are 'ready to speak out' over death of nurse

Intensive counselling for presenters who hoaxed nurse later found dead

Day FM radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian

Australian radio hosts who made prank call to royal hospital taken off air over nurse's death

The Australian radio presenters responsible for the hoax call to King Edward VII’s Hospital have been removed from the air until further notice.

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