Buckingham Palace has issued a statement, saying the Duke of Edinburgh does not have prostate cancer, and that the Evening Standard violated the Prince’s privacy.
The British media is filled with stories of the Queen’s husband, age 87, being diagnosed with cancer after being hospitalized back in April for a chest infection. But this the Palace denies.
Here is the full statement:
“Buckingham Palace has always maintained that members of the Royal Family have a right to privacy, particularly in relation to their personal health.
For this reason, we have always refused to confirm or deny the persistent rumours that circulate about their health, particularly during the quieter news months.
But on this occasion, because the damaging story is now being reported widely, the Duke of Edinburgh has authorised us to confirm that the claim made by the Evening Standard that he has received a ‘diagnosis of prostate cancer’ is untrue.
We believe there has been a serious breach of the Duke of Edinburgh’s right to privacy… we will be asking the PCC to remind all editors of their obligations.”
It is believed that Buckingham Palace will file a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission.
However, a spokesman for the PCC told MediaGuardian.co.uk: “We have been informed that we will be receiving a complaint regarding the Duke of Edinburgh story, over clauses one and three of the code, accuracy and privacy. But we have not yet received it.”