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FACT CHECK: Queen Elizabeth II Passes on Crown as She Retires


FACT CHECK: Queen Elizabeth II Passes on Crown as She Retires

Elizabeth II is abdicating her throne and giving the crown to Prince William

In October 2016, the web sites 1ndependent and Da1lyMail published articles reporting that Elizabeth II was “retiring” and passing the crown to her grandson, Prince William (rather than her son, Prince Charles):

This (poorly written) story was a complete fabrication: Queen Elizabeth had neither announced that she was “retiring,” or that she was choosing to skip over Prince Charles in the royal line of succession in favor of Prince William. The 1ndependent and Da1lyMail (not to be confused with the real British Independent and Daily Mail newspapers) are fake news sites that spoof the names and domains of legitimate news sources and do not publish factual stories.

A similar story was floated by various web sites in August 2017, all sourced to an anonymous “palace insider” supposedly quoted in Life & Style magazine:

However, we found no such article on the web site of Life & Style magazine, nor has any reliable news outlet or other official source reported this information.

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