THE Queen was reportedly upset and enraged yesterday over false claims that Prince Philip had died swept the internet.
Rumours about the 97-year-old Duke trended on Twitter late on Friday and into the early hours.
Buckingham Palace switchboard was flooded with calls, according to The Sun, and sources said the Queen was left “absolutely fuming”.
She even held a tense ten minute phone call about how to deal with the fake news about her husband of 70 years.
“They both agreed there was little they could do but they are very, very annoyed,” A royal insider said, according to The Sun.
“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. It shows how the internet can get out of control.
“The Queen is absolutely fuming over this and thinks it’s disgraceful.”
The Queen, 92, is holidaying in Balmoral while Philip is at Sandringham. She was alerted to the claims when staff started asking how her husband was.
“If he was ill, she would be with him instead of starting her Scottish holiday,” the source said.
“In fact not only is he not very ill, he is actually in fine form and is recovering well from his recent hip operation.
“It has given him a new lease of life and he hopes to live to 100 just like the Queen Mum!”
Last night Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.
Originally published as Queen ‘absolutely fuming’ over rumour