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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Palace Denies Prince Philip Has Cancer, Plans to Complain To Press Complaints Commission Over London Standard Story

Buck House has fired off a salvo over the London Evening Standard's story about the Duke of Edinburgh's possible prostate cancer, and plans to carry the campaign to the Press Complaints Commission. The Palace denies the story and alleges that it breaches Prince Philip's right to privacy. The paper quoted "unnamed sources" in its original story, which now seems to be unavailable on the Standard's website. However, a number of media had already picked up the story, including the Australian press. The Daily Mail, which had apparently run the story (it came up in a Google search for "prince philip cancer abc") seems to have eliminated the article; at least, I could not find it on the website. Some media have picked up both the story and the denial, including the Times of London.  ITV says simply that Buckingham Palace is "downplaying the report." Very interesting. Read more here in a Guardian article.

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