An article claiming Prince George was â€śtargetedâ€ť by an â€śISIS sniperâ€ť is nothing but fake news. Gossip Cop can expose this falsehood. A tabloid is using an old photo that was widely seen at the time to sensationally claim Kate Middleton and Prince Williamâ€™s son â€ścheated death.â€ť
The latest cover of the National Enquirer exclaims, â€śISIS Kill Plot Foiled! Sniper Caught Stalking Prince George!â€ť In a purported â€śworld exclusive,â€ť the magazine is claiming to have a picture showing â€śthe heart-stopping moment little Prince George cheated death.â€ť The photo shows the future king walking hand-in-hand with his father and his teacher outside of his school. The outlet focuses on the upper left corner of the supposedly â€śchilling image,â€ť contending that a â€śman is leaning out of a windowâ€ť and â€śappears to be holding a rifle and looking down at the two royals.â€ť
â€śWhat happened next is unknown, but a Buckingham Palace source believes brilliant police work averted a tragedy,â€ť claims the publication. This so-called â€śsourceâ€ť is quoted as saying, â€śClearly, security stopped whomever it was without incident. Both Prince George and his father are obviously alive, as is the teacher.â€ť Speculates this alleged insider, â€śItâ€™s possible the sniper was captured, or that he decided not to take the shot.â€ť
But this is really just wild, unsubstantiated conjecture. And what the supermarket tabloid fails to tell readers is that its â€śphoto exclusiveâ€ť is not really an â€śexclusiveâ€ť at all. The magazine purposefully doesnâ€™t give the date of the snapshot because it is more than six months old. The photos were taken as Prince William escorted Prince George to his first day of school last September. For this outrageous â€śsniperâ€ť storyline, it appears the outlet took a screengrab from a video of Prince Georgeâ€™s arrival, in which a person is indeed seen in an open window at the building behind the royal father and son.
But thereâ€™s nothing to even remotely suggest the person is an ISIS-connected â€śsniper,â€ť versus, say, a nosy neighbor observing a historical milestone for the heir to the throne. And significantly, no reputable outlet ever reported anything about a â€śkill plotâ€ť being thwarted on Prince Georgeâ€™s first day of school. In fact, well into the article, the publication changes from implying the person in the window was a â€śsniperâ€ť to claiming â€śthe man in the window was actually part of a team of officers who have taken up residence in a home overlooking the school â€” to protect George.â€ť And then, confusingly, the tabloid switches back again with its questionable â€śsourceâ€ť asserting, â€śItâ€™s shocking the Enquirer obtained the real photo with the man leaning out of the window!â€ť
Yeah, thereâ€™s nothing â€śshockingâ€ť going on here. As seen in the video linked above, this image was readily available last fall. But it seems the magazine is attempting to twist reality because in late May an ISIS supporter pled guilty after encouraging attacks on Prince Georgeâ€™s school. The publication, though, has no evidence that that situation, which started with an arrest last November, has anything to do with the imagery from the little boyâ€™s first day. Nor has any credible media made such a link.
The bottom line boils down to this: Because only weeks ago there was real news about a man confessing to school-related threats against Prince George, the National Enquirer manufactured a cover story about how Queen Elizabethâ€™s great-grandson â€ścheated death.â€ť To sell this narrative, the tabloid chose a picture that shows someone in the background, but is too fuzzy to make out clearly. And to dupe readers, the magazine does not acknowledge that this snapshot is from Prince Georgeâ€™s first day of school, which drew attention around the world, as opposed to being something new and never before seen.
What the outlet has done is put together fake news, which is what it also did in March with a cover story that falsely claimed Prince William and Middleton would be crowned king and queen in a â€śsecret succession plot.â€ť The publication maintained a â€śpalace coupâ€ť was in the works that would entail â€śbanning [Prince] Charles from ever being crowned king, and handing the monarchy to William and Kate.â€ť Gossip Cop busted that tall tale at the time, and we were proven right a month later when Queen Elizabeth formally called for Prince Charles to be the next head of the Commonwealth, and the heads of government readily agreed.
As this example shows, the tabloid is known for crazy, untrue stories about the royal family. Itâ€™s just particularly shameful that its latest falsehoods exploit an innocent child.