On Friday, The Duke of Edinburgh was trending across social media, from Twitter to Facebook and beyond though for the most morbid of reasons. Rumours of Prince Philip’s death were spread like wildfire through retweets and shares. It is now reported that when Her Majesty The Queen found out about the ‘Fake News’ she was furious.
As speculation was rife that Her Majesty’s Consort had passed away, the situation was said to be made more difficult for Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip who are currently apart. The Queen has just begun her annual summer holidays on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland while The Duke of Edinburgh is still recovering from a recent hip replacement operation on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
A source told The Sun, “They both agreed there was little they could do but they are very, very annoyed. 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 Queen is absolutely fuming over this and thinks it’s disgraceful.”
It is reported that The Queen and Prince Philip had a tense ten-minute phone conversation regarding the rumours on Friday evening.
Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth in November 1947. Elizabeth met her future husband for the first time in 1934 and then again in 1937. They are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. Their engagement was officially announced on 9th July 1947.
Although having had a few medical issues within the past few years, it is said that Prince Philip is in fact in “fine form” and the source also added that The Queen would not have travelled to Scotland had The Duke of Edinburgh been unwell.
It is likely that The Duke of Edinburgh will join The Queen in Balmoral in the coming weeks.