King Charles is not dead, despite Russian media ‘announcement’ that forced palace to scramble

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Buckingham Palace was forced to deny reports of the death of King Charles III on Monday after Russian media circulated reports based on a suspicious-looking “announcement”.

The statement, dated March 18, includes the seal of the British monarch’s official London residence, saying: “The following announcement is made by royal communication. “The king passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon.”

The palace issued a statement to the Russian state-run TASS news agency denying the report.

King Charles is not dead, despite a Russian report claiming he is. Royal Household/WPA Pool/Shutterstock

“We are pleased to confirm that the King is continuing to conduct official and private business,” it reads.

The 75-year-old British king has been undergoing treatment for cancer since late January.

It comes as Charles’s daughter-in-law Kate Middleton is fueling speculation about his health following abdominal surgery on January 17.

The Princess of Wales’s visit to a local farm stand with her husband Prince William over the weekend has done nothing to reassure the public about her well-being – due to the curious lack of photos, reports say.

The royal couple’s outdoor trip comes a week after Kate, 42, caused a global stir for editing a badly photoshopped family photo in which she posed with her three children – Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Was seen with. Lewis, 5.

Russian media outlets run false claim that King Charles has died. mash/telegram

Questions about Kate have fueled widespread conspiracy theories about her and the wider British royal family.

With rumor mongers working overtime, several Russian mainstream news outlets and popular pro-Kremlin Telegram channels jumped on the unverified claim of King Charles’ death.

Telegram channel Mash, which has 2.27 million subscribers, was one of the first to spread the fake news, writing in a post: “Britain’s King Charles III has died, Buckingham Palace reports. Elizabeth II’s son ascended the throne less than a year ago – the coronation took place on May 6, 2023. He was 75 years old.

Sputnik, RIA Novosti and Ridkovka all followed suit, citing the fake palace announcement.

All outlets later issued corrections to their stories.

“Cancel, we spoke too soon, announcement turned out to be fake,” Mash wrote in an update. “We must remember that a few months ago he was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery on his prostate.”

As he continues to receive outpatient treatment for an unspecified form of cancer, the King held a meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, on March 13, as seen in a photo released by the palace.

Two days earlier, he had released a pre-recorded video address to mark Commonwealth Day.

Charles is expected to attend the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony to celebrate his birthday on June 15 – either on horseback, as is tradition, or in a carriage.

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