On Wednesday, the site posted an 'exclusive' article that claimed "sources at the Royal Kingdom" informed them that Her Majesty was found dead moments before she was scheduled to attend the wedding of British Vogue's editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful.
People flocked to the comments to refute and question the claim, which caused more confusion as another account posing as Hollywood Unlocked issued a retraction. Despite that, Lee doubled down on the claim.
"We don't post lies, and I always stand by my sources. Waiting for an official statement from the palace," he wrote in another post.
Within the story, written by Blue Telusma, one of the reasons they felt compelled to release the initial report was because of a source present at Enninful's wedding. The source apparently told Lee that they witnessed a call about the Queen's passing "had been confirmed to a high-profile attendee."
Another reason laid out by the outlet suggested that with the Queen's positive Covid diagnosis and through the credibility of their original sources, Lee had a conversation with another source who understands the British military.
"This person confirmed directly to Lee that the palace had been locked down and all the top generals had been summoned to Windsor Castle 'for an undisclosed reason' just four hours before Hollywood Unlocked broke the news," the article said.
Towards the end of the report, they inserted an apology from Lee on Thursday afternoon, which said: "Although I've never been wrong when breaking a story because this involves the Queen, this is one time I would want to be. And based on Wednesday's report from the Palace, I can say my sources got this wrong, and I sincerely apologize to The Queen and the Royal Family."
Despite admitting and apologising for the error, people on social media told him there's "no way" to clean the situation up, while others questioned his journalistic skills.
Check out those responses below:
Bruh just let this go , ain\u2019t no way of cleaning that up
Oooh, you didn't lie, your "sources got it wrong". Dude, you can't even admit *you were wrong* by publishing something so huge that wasn't true. And no, the Palace wouldn't bother issuing an official statement to a US TABLOID. Nice try though.
— Brenda \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6 (@Brenda \ud83c\udde8\ud83c\udde6)
Generals would not be summoned to Windsor Castle if she was about to die or was dead. Generals are just that they\u2019re busy running the army - the British royal family\u2019s court does not operate like the Baron\u2019s in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Once she does die, her private secretary will be informed, who then will give the information to the cabinet secretary and Privy Council Office. Afterwards, many UK officials and other foreign government officials will be notified.
Ultimately, both PA Media and the BBC will be the first major news outlets to break the news worldwide.
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