A royal source told The Sun that the Queen and her husband Prince Philip were “very, very annoyed” after false rumors of the latter’s death en masse emerged on Twitter, with users posting related memes, giving their personal assessments, and even calling Buckingham Palace for confirmation.
How is it that there's been no reliable news outlets reporting on Prince Philip's death but 21 year old Becky from Preston can confirm Buckingham Palace will make an announcement at 6pm today— Liam Costello (@_liam_costello) 20 июля 2018 г.
Just spoken to @cabinetofficeuk the rumours of Prince Philip dying are exactly that. Just rumours.— Kevin Coy (@kevincoyuk) 20 июля 2018 г.
Who start the rumor that prince Philip is dead?! You have to be sick and horrible to spread this to someone who is alive and well!!!!— ⭐️🇫🇷Just Juliette🇫🇷⭐️ (@RoyalDetective8) 20 июля 2018 г.
Prince Philip leaving Buckingham Palace after all the rumours that he died pic.twitter.com/SrIURiWdu3— Daniel Walsh (@DanielWalsh12) 20 июля 2018 г.
“It's not nice to hear people the world over commenting on your health or death, even if you're used to being in the public eye,” the source said, adding that the incident makes it obvious that internet is “getting out of control.”
“The Queen is absolutely fuming over this and thinks it’s disgraceful,” the source summed up.
“It shows how the Internet can get out of control. The Queen is absolutely fuming over this and thinks it's disgraceful.”
The 92-year-old Queen, who has just started her summer vacation at the Scottish royal retreat in Balmoral, reportedly called the Duke, aged 97, to discuss how to better handle fake news. “They both agreed there was little they could do,” the insider was cited as saying.
According to the source, if Prince Philip, who is due to join his wife at the private residence in a couple of weeks, was ill, the Queen would be at his side rather than on her annual summer vacation far away from Buckingham Palace.