No, The Queen's Not Dead But These Memes About It Are Alive And Well

False alarm, Baby Yoda.

God doesn’t need to save the Queen because she’s alive and well – and so are the many memes about her rumoured death.

Yesterday, Twitter was set alight with rumours that the Queen had passed away – and in true 2019 fashion, it was all because of a WhatsApp conversation. 

Twitter user @tezilyas shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp group chat which read: “Queens passed away this morning, heart attack, being announced at 930 Am tomorrow,” apparently “from a guards reg WhatsApp group.”

@texilyas’ caption on the Tweet was what we were all thinking: “If it’s true that the Queen is dead and it was leaked from a WhatsApp group with an erect pens as it’s profile pic…then I humbly request the programmers of this simulation to wake me the f*ck up please.”

Turns out the whole thing was a huge stitch up and the rumours were quickly squashed by Charlie Proctor, the editor-in-chief of the blog Royal Central. “I see we have reached that time of year where I have to dispel rumours of HM’s passing,” he tweeted. “The Queen is not dead.”

By the time the news had spread that the Queen was not, in fact, dead, it was too late and the meme lords of the Internet had already worked their magic. 

Here are some of the most hilarious memes and tweets to come out of the Queen’s near-death:

Equally-as-interesting as the memes is what would happen if the Queen was to die. According to The Guardian, an organising committee meets three times a year to plan for the Queen’s funeral as part of a plan with the code name “London Bridge.”

Apparently, the prime minister of the UK would be notified of her death first, before news is sent to the governments where the Queen is the head of state and the 36 countries in the Commonwealth.

So, good chance it wouldn’t be through a dodgy WhatsApp convo then? Probably not.

Serious Question: When Are We Going To Leave The Royals Alone?

Have we learned nothing?

It appears the Royal family have finally reached breaking point, and it’s all because we can’t seem to get enough of them.

The family we can’t get enough of. Credit: Giphy

Yesterday, Prince Harry released a statement on the Sussex Official website announcing that he would be taking legal action against British tabloid the Mail on Sunday for publishing a private letter written by Meghan Markle and doctoring it to hide “lies” about her. 

“The positive coverage of the past week from these same publications exposes the double standards of this specific press pack that has vilified her for the past nine months; they have been able to create lie after lie at her expense simply because she has not been visible while on maternity leave,” Harry wrote.

Harry has had enough. Credit: Giphy

Later, Harry expressed that this kind of behaviour “destroys people and destroys lives.” He called it bullying “which scares and silences people,” and even mentioned the tragic fate of his late mother Princess Diana. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.” 

“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.” Sadly, Harry’s reality is something we are all familiar with. 

Credit: AP Photo, File

As we know, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997 in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris while the driver was fleeing the paparazzi. Diana spent her life and death in the public eye, and when tabloid newspapers created a demand for paparazzi shots, the Princess of Wales became a “staple in U.K. print media,” according to TIME

TIME writes that Diana’s brother Charles Spencer described her as “the most hunted person of the modern age.” He added that “she would want us to pledge ourselves to protecting her beloved boys William and Harry from a similar fate.” Yet, judging by Prince Harry’s statement, global media have learned nothing. 

Princess Diana died 22 years ago. Credit: Giphy

The question is: why are we so obsessed with the Royal Family anyway? In an interview with Glamour, clinical psychologist Donna Rockwell said, “It’s comforting to see a structure where that structure seems to create a semblance of order.”

“The universe is profoundly chaotic,” Rockwell said. “So whenever we can anchor ourselves into a sense of order and safety, really, we tend to relax. And that generates the reward centre of the brain.” 

So perhaps our obsession with seeing what Meghan wore on the Africa tour, or Kate and Will out and about with the kids comes from a deep rooted desire for stability in a chaotic world – but at what cost? 

It’s times like these that it’s good to remember that whilst they come from a rather impressive lineage, the Royal Family are just that: a family. Their privacy and their physical and emotional needs are just as important as ours. Instead of prying, criticising and speculating, perhaps we should learn to live and let live. 

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