Speculations ran wild over Buckingham Palace after the entire staffs of the Royal Family was called into a mysterious emergency meeting.
At 10 a.m. BST Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement that the meeting was about Prince Philip stepping down from public life. The said gathering was first reported by Daily Mail and some speculations about the Queen or Prince Philip’s health was added up by an unnamed source in the newspaper saying:
“Everyone is on tenterhooks. Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated. But at the moment, only those closest to her genuinely know what on earth this is all about.”
From 4 a.m. onwards (BST), numbers of media organizations from all over the world released a statement that neither the Queen nor Prince Philip has died according to the official spokespeople of the palace and some unnamed sources.
At 8 a.m. (BST), the BBC’s Hunt said in a tweet: “There’ll be a staff meeting at Buckingham Palace this morning. It’s not to do with the health of either the Queen or Prince Philip.”
At 10 a.m. BST, The Sun’s political editor tweeted: “Prince Philip is stepping down from public life, Royal sources say. That’s apparently the big announcement.” Around the same time, ITV’s royal editor tweeted the palace’s statement: