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British newspaper declares Prince Philip 'dead at 95' — there's just one problem

The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom falsely declared Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, "dead at 95." (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

A British newspaper mistakenly reported Wednesday that Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had died.

"Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc," the headline from the Sun blared. The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom is owned by the Murdoch family, which also owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal in the U.S.

The Sun's story declaring the death came on the same day that Queen Elizabeth II, 91, called an "emergency meeting" at Buckingham Palace in London, where it would be announced that Prince Philip, 95, would step down from his royal duties.

Despite rumors surrounding the announcement, a Buckingham Palace spokesman assured citizens there was "no cause for alarm" when it came to the health of Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip, the Independent reported.

"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the queen," a statement from the palace read. "Thereafter, the duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time."

Somehow the Sun's report on the "emergency meeting" became a declaration that Prince Philip was dead.

"Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II," a line from the newspaper's story blared.

"He was married to Queen Elizabeth II. The pair had four children together — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward," the story continued, according to the Independent.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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