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British Embassies Scramble To Deny Russian Disinformation About King Charles’ Death

Despite the monarch's temporary withdrawal from public engagements as he undergoes cancer treatment, the British embassies reiterated his well-being and emphasized that the reports were unfounded
 British Embassies Scramble To Deny Russian Disinformation About King Charles’ Death

British embassies faced a flurry of inquiries after several prominent Russian media outlets erroneously reported the death of King Charles III, sparking widespread speculation and concern.

The reports, which surfaced on Monday, alleged that the monarch had succumbed to complications from cancer at the age of 75. Among the outlets disseminating the false information was Russian newswire Sputnik, which stated, “King Charles III of Great Britain has died, according to media reports.”

The news quickly gained traction, prompting the UK embassies in Ukraine and Russia to issue swift statements refuting the claims and urging the public to disregard the misinformation. Notably, a counterfeit Buckingham Palace statement announcing the “unexpected death” of the king circulated on various social media platforms, further fueling confusion.

The UK embassies in Ukraine and Russia both issued statements refuting the reports.
“News about King Charles III death is fake,” the UK embassy in Ukraine said in a post on X.

Despite the monarch’s temporary withdrawal from public engagements as he undergoes cancer treatment, the British embassies reiterated his well-being and emphasized that the reports were unfounded. This incident underscored the challenges posed by the rapid dissemination of false information in today’s digital age, highlighting the importance of accurate and reliable sources of news.

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