Yesterday the rumours started to spread when a screenshot of a WhatsApp group chat was shared around, claiming that news of the 93-year-old monarch’s death would be announced at 9.30am this morning.
The shared chat group – called ‘Old times’ – shows a message forwarded from someone named ‘Gibbo’, saying: “Queen’s passed away this morning, heart attack, being announced 9.30am tomorrow.”
Another message below claims that the news has come from ‘a guard’s reg WhatsApp group’. A third expresses doubt, before another reply states: “Not sure mate, just got it passed to me, they did keep the queen mother’s death quiet through for 24 hours.”
However, not everyone is convinced by Charlie Proctor’s tweet denying the rumour, with one person responding: “Having a pre-booked engagement doesn’t preclude someone from being dead, and it’s definitely not proof that they aren’t.”
Another joked: “I dunno m8. The story’s been backed up by Cheeks, Burnsy, Josh, Morty,” before going on: “Ricey weren’t so sure, but that’s cause he’s got a degree in Media Studies.”
Many people were dubious about the validity of the original message, however, with one person writing: “Highly doubt her death would be secretly announced over WhatsApp”.
Another person was more forthright, posting: “Idiot hour on Twitter as people rush to believe lies about the Queen’s non-existent death.”
LADbible has contacted Buckingham Palace’s press office for a comment.
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