The rumoured death of Queen Elizabeth II is false, Nigerian-British, Dayo Okewale has stated.
Okewale, who is the Chief of Staff within the House of Lords, dismissed the reports on his Twitter handle.
He said: “Hollywood unlocked posting the Queen is dead???? There is no credible source that verifies this. #False.”
The Queen was at the centre of a viral fake news outcry after a gossip website, Hollywood Unlocked proclaimed her death.
The website with 2.8 million Instagram followers published a story the 95-year-old Monarch, who tested positive to COVID-19, had been found dead shortly before she was expected at British Vogue editor Edward Enninful’s wedding.
The claim was published late in the evening U.K. time on Tuesday, allowing it to go viral in America while many people in Britain were asleep.
According to Newsweek, a US online news, Buckingham Palace does not comment on internet rumours of this kind when contacted.
They reported that it was business as usual at Kensington Palace on Wednesday morning.
However, Jason Lee, founder of Hollywood Unlocked, stood by his coverage on Twitter.
He said: “We don’t post lies and I always stand by my sources. Waiting for an official statement from the palace.”
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