Queen Elizabeth is in the history books as the longest-reigning British monarch. Sheâ€™s also in the tabloids fairly often. Below, check out five wrong rumors Gossip Cop has corrected about the leader of the royal family.
Last November, New Idea announced Queen Elizabethâ€™s retirement. The tabloid claimed she held a series of â€ścrisis meetingsâ€ť with her staff about stepping down. It was alleged, however, that she was â€śnervousâ€ť about â€śhanding the reinsâ€ť to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, so she planned to hand the keys of the kingdom to her grandson and his wife. â€śAt this stage, the Queen is planning a Christmas coronation for William and Kate. Preparations are afoot to announce their rise to the throne by the end of December,â€ť a so-called â€śtop palace sourceâ€ť was quoted as saying. Of course, as Gossip Cop said at the time, if there really were such plans for a succession within the following month, it wouldâ€™ve been major international news. But this narrative was unique to the magazine because it was made-up. And sure enough, Christmas came and went without the queenâ€™s retirement.
The National Enquirer tried its own hand at a succession storyline with a cover story in March that alleged Queen Elizabeth was going to abdicate the throne in favor of Prince William and Kate Middleton taking charge. It was specifically claimed a â€ścoupâ€ť was underway to ensure Prince Charles would not become king. It was further said the queen would â€śspend her finals days advising her grandson and his wife in their new demanding roles as king and queen.â€ť The outlet added that the â€śformal announcementâ€ť would come in the summer. That hasnâ€™t happened, just like Gossip Cop said it wouldnâ€™t. On the contrary, just a month after this tall tale was peddled, Queen Elizabeth formally endorsed Prince Charles to one day succeed her as the head of the Commonwealth.
In June, weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâ€™s wedding, Star claimed a â€ścalculating Queen Elizabeth forced Harry and Meghan to sign an ironclad prenup to protect the royal familyâ€™s $500 million fortuneâ€ť right before they walked down the aisle. An untraceable â€śinsiderâ€ť insisted, â€śHarryâ€™s hands were tied and he had no choice but to cave in, and so did Meghan. When Her Majesty gives an order, Harry has to obey.â€ť It was asserted the queen was motivated to be â€śextra careful about keeping the royal assets intactâ€ť because Markle had been divorced before. But as Gossip Cop said at the time, the divorced Prince Charles and Camilla didnâ€™t need to get a prenup when they tied the knot. In fact, it was known months before the wedding that Prince Harry and Markle wouldnâ€™t have a prenup, either. The queen didnâ€™t force one just moments before they said â€śI do.â€ť
That same month, OK! told readers Middleton was turning Queen Elizabeth against Markle. A purported â€śroyal insiderâ€ť claimed the new sisters-in-law werenâ€™t â€śseeing eye-to-eye,â€ť and that Middleton even â€śtold Queen Elizabeth as much.â€ť It supposedly led to the pair â€ścold-shoulderingâ€ť Markle at a palace breakfast. â€śSheâ€™s taking Kateâ€™s side in all of this,â€ť the unnamed source said of the queen. But it was never clear what â€śall of thisâ€ť was, or why Markle and Middleton allegedly werenâ€™t able to see â€śeye to eye.â€ť And while the publication maintained â€śKate has the queen in her corner,â€ť the reality was that Markle did (and does), too. In fact, as Gossip Cop noted, this phony storyline was published right before Markle and Queen Elizabeth were about to head out on a day-long outing together, something that multiple outlets reported was happening much faster than it did with the queen and Middleton. Clearly, Queen Elizabeth wasnâ€™t against Markle at all.
Most recently, Globe ran a cover story just days ago that claimed Queen Elizabeth â€ścollapsed in publicâ€ť with â€śgriefâ€ť and â€śshockâ€ť upon learning husband Prince Philip was supposedly diagnosed with cancer and had only 90 days to live. â€śElizabeth gasped â€” and simply fainted. She fell forwards in a heap,â€ť an unidentifiable â€śpalace courtierâ€ť was quoted as saying. To substantiate these allegations, the tabloid featured undated photos of Queen Elizabeth in which she appeared to be falling over. What the magazine purposefully didnâ€™t admit was that the pictures were from the queenâ€™s state visit to Ireland in 2011. As opposed to collapsing, she was actually bending over to help plant a tree. Through digital editing, the outlet photoshopped a shovel out of Queen Elizabethâ€™s hand and stripped the photos of their proper context. As Gossip Cop exposed, the publication had no real proof of the queen collapsing because it never happened.
Queen Elizabeth may not seem like the typical tabloid target, particularly since thereâ€™s nothing especially salacious about her or her life. But her grandsonsâ€™ respective marriages, as well as the success of â€śThe Crown,â€ť have certainly increased interest in the 92-year-old. Some in the gossip media try to exploit that with bogus stories. Gossip Cop, on the other hand, remains committed to separating fact from fiction about her and the rest of the royal family as necessary.