Prince Philip was rumored to be dead following a Twitter hoax that spread on March 18. The hoax, which spread in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, was related to a quote that the prince, 98, had made about reincarnation. As a result of the hoax, Prince Philip’s name became a nationally trending topic on Twitter in the United Kingdom.
Typically, the Royal Family’s press office releases information regarding the deaths of members. At the time of writing, there has been no such notification. The most recent information involving Prince Philip says that he is living in Wood Farm which is located in the Sandringham Estate. The prince retired from public life in May 2017.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War, he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets. After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, became a naturalized British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname Mountbatten. He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was formally made a British prince in 1957.
In May 2017, British tabloid The Sun mistakenly published a story online saying that the Prince had died. The headline read, “Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc.”
Prince Philip Quick Bio
Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
10 June 1921 (age 98)
Mon Repos, Corfu,
Kingdom of Greece
Queen Elizabeth II (m. 1947)
Charles, Prince of Wales
Anne, Princess Royal
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Glücksburg (until 1947)
Mountbatten (from 1947)
Windsor (from 1947)
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Princess Alice of Battenberg
Royal Navy British Army Royal Air Force
Years of service
Admiral of the Fleet
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Second World War
Battle of Crete
Battle of Cape Matapan
Allied invasion of Sicily
Battle of Okinawa
Mentioned in dispatches
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Greek War Cross
Prince Philip Death Hoax Spreads
Many who spread the rumor about the death hoax mentioned a quote that is often attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh, “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”
Another version of the quote, “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels,” has also been circulated.
Prince Philip health update
Under the new measures, the Queen and Prince Charles, as well as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, should immediately stop all unnecessary forms of social interaction and isolate themselves if possible.
But Dampier said the monarch is “working” and moving ahead with event planning in the coming months in hopes that authorities will better control the outbreak.
He continued: “The queen is still working and at the moment there are no plans to cancel any of the garden parties planned for the summer.
“But if the coronavirus worsens, I can’t imagine that the palace powers will want me to meet and greet thousands of people.” Not at his age.
Both Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have also chosen to cancel a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan scheduled for later this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A Clarence House statement said: “Due to the situation unfolding with the coronavirus pandemic, the British government has asked their royal highnesses to postpone their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan.”
The 93-year-old Queen has also taken precautions to stay safe and canceled several royal engagements in the coming weeks.
The sovereign was due to visit Cheshire on March 19 and Camden, London on March 26, but a statement from the palace confirmed that they would not proceed.
PRINCE PHILIP may be forced to miss out on the wedding of Princess Beatrice in May due to the risk the coronavirus outbreak poses to the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, royal author Phil Dampier warned.