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Instead, they were given private information about the Duchess’s morning sickness by nurse Jacintha Saldanha. The prank soon made headlines all over the world – and three days later Saldanha took her own life.
It’s been a tough few years since then for Greig, who has talked about her struggles with endometriosis and IVF. Now, the former DJ has spoken candidly about the effect the event had on her own mental health in an interview with Sunday Style.
“I can’t recall the next six hours, as I went into a deep state of shock. Steven, my boyfriend at the time, tells me I was screaming and crying hysterically, curled up in a foetal position,” she says about the moment she found out Saldanha had died. (Post continues after gallery.)
“My mind couldn’t comprehend, or even begin to accept, what had happened. All I could do was cry.”
Immediately after, Greig and her co-host Christian were subject to death threats so severe that they were put in lockdown with a bodyguard at all times. Her family were also targeted, and her father was admitted to hospital as a result of the stress.
It was then that things really began to take their toll on Greig’s health.
“It was probably the worst thing for my mental health, but I was living and breathing what was happening. Reading the comments on stories online, it was clear that I had become one of the most hated women in the world, but due to my guilt, I felt I deserved it,” she told Sunday Style.
"For months, I barely functioned. Steven [her boyfriend] wanted to hold me and help me, but I didn't want to be touched and I didn't want to be helped. I wanted just to sit there comatose in my devastation."
After Saldanha's suicide note was leaked - with her name mentioned - Greig said she hit rock bottom.
"For about four months, I went completely numb; I couldn't feel any emotion at all. I felt dead inside," she said.
Things got so bad, Greig said she even contemplated whether she wanted to live or not.
"I needed to think about suicide and determine if it was an option for me. It wasn't. I wanted to live, but I knew I needed help."