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Wed, 24 Feb, 2021

"Is there something we don't know?" SMH publishes Prince Philip obituary

"Is there something we don't know?" SMH publishes Prince Philip obituary

The Sydney Morning Herald was quick, but not quick enough, to remove a pre-prepared obituary for Prince Philip that was seemingly published by accident on Monday afternoon.

An article titled “Prince Philip Through the Years” showed up in the paper’s obituary section at around 5pm.

It remains unclear whether it was a coincidental retrospective article that was simply put in the wrong section in the site, or was indeed a very grave mistake.

The mistake was spotted by an eagle-eyed Twitter user on Monday, which was sold as “The life and times of Britain’s longest-serving royal consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in pictures”. The article has since been deleted and redirects to a 404 link.

Twitter user ‘Miss Bailey Woof’ shared a screenshot of the article with the caption: “Is there something we don’t know @smh?”

“Someone accidentally pressed the publish button while revising the draft with latest info,” one person speculated in response to the tweet.

“Oops,” added another.

The 99-year-old royal was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after he reported he was feeling unwell at Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh was being treated for an infection.

His son Prince Edward said his father was “a lot better”.

“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” said the short statement issued on Tuesday.