Prince William was in hot water for allegedly saying there were more conflicts in Asia and Africa. Several netizens immediately slammed the Duke of Cambridge, with some calling him racist. However, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson never said the controversial remarks and was only misquoted, making him the latest victim of fake news.
Prince William Became Victim Of Fake News, Royal Fans Outraged
Several netizens and royal correspondents slammed the Duke of Cambridge after he allegedly said that conflict is "alien in Europe" and "Britons were more used to seeing it in Africa and Asia" as he sympathized with Ukraine amid the Russian invasion of the country.
The statement was quoted several times by various outlets and many slammed the future British king for the comparison. Omid Scobie called his statement ignorant. Several said he didn't know the history of Europe and many others were outraged.
However, Kate Middleton's husband didn't say the quoted statement and was only misquoted, prompting several royal fans to fire back at those who criticized the royal prince because they felt that he was a victim of fake news. Many went after the royal correspondents who spread the false reports.
"Not only did Twitter drag Prince William, but the media jumped on it without verifying anything. Fake news and hatred are ruining our world. What happened to 'in a world where you can be anything, be kind?'" one asked.
"It's absolutely shameful and Disgusting how the pathetic squad and the biased Fake news Woke media are attacking him for something, he literally never actually said. #PrinceWilliam #IStandWithPrinceWilliam," another wrote.
"@Hannah_Furness Great article about Prince William’s fake news. You should investigate who are behind all the people who spread hate against the Duke of Cambridge. All is well defined and orchestrated by Omid Scobie & friends. All is intentional," a third netizen added.
"Omid, shola, nadine, bernice king and the bunch of lying race baiters being paid by the sussex and their PR to peddle lies and fake rumors about Prince William to destry his character. Flash news: You are simply not smart enough nor good enough to pull it. Sit down," another added tagging those who immediately responded to the misquoted statement that prompted more hate toward Prince William since they have many followers on social media.
Prince William Was Misquoted And Royal Correspondent Apologized To The Queen's Grandson
As mentioned, multiple outlets reported about Prince William allegedly saying there were more wars in Asia and Africa than in Europe. However, a video of his speech circulating online as shared by ITV royal reporter Lizzie Robinson revealed that he never said the controversial statement.
Instead, here's what Prince William said:
"Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. It's really horrifying. The news every day, it's just, it's almost unfathomable. For our generation, it's very alien to see this in Europe. We're all right behind you. We're thinking about you. We feel so useless."
Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent who misquoted Prince William, issued a public apology to the second in line to the throne on Twitter.
"The Duke of Cambridge on war in Europe," Palmer wrote alongside the footage of Prince William's actual statement. "He doesn't appear to have compared it to conflicts in Africa and Asia. In the chaos, a remark he made was misheard, starting a social media storm. Apologies for reporting that online."
Stay tuned for more news and updates about Prince William and the rest of the members of the royal family.