Prince Philip given front-page apology over false cancer reportAugust 9th, 2008 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 9 (ANI): Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has received a front-page apology from a British newspaper after it mistakenly reported that he had prostate cancer.
The apology came after Prince Philip used the landmark ruling in the Max Mosley sex case to try to protect the privacy of members of the Royal family.
In its apology, the Evening Standard acknowledged that the allegation was not true adding that it was sorry for breaching his privacy, and for any distress the article may have caused the Royal Family.
The front page of August 9 newspaper says: “The Evening Standard apologises to the Duke of Edinburgh”.
The full apology, which is published in an agreed position on page 5, says:
“HRH: The Duke of Edinburgh: Apology
“In the Evening Standard of 6 August we stated that The Duke of Edinburgh had been diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the prostate. We now accept that the story was untrue and that he is not suffering from any such condition.
“We unreservedly apologise both to him and to his family for making this distressing allegation and for breaching his privacy.
It was only after Buckingham Palace lodged a formal complaint that the Press Complaints Commission negotiated the apology, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Prince Philip is the first member of the Royal Family to have a complaint upheld over a breach of privacy, and the Queen and other members of the Royal family such as Prince William and Prince Harry have taken a close interest in the outcome of the complaint.
“We welcome this decision. We made two complaints: about accuracy because it was not true and about a breach of privacy. We are glad both were upheld so swiftly. This is a very significant ruling,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said. (ANI)
- Prince Philip taken to hospital - Aug 16, 2012
- Britain's Prince Philip turns 90 - Jun 10, 2011
- Queen Elizabeth II visits Prince Philip in hospital - Jun 07, 2012
- Prince Philip hospitalised, misses jubilee concert - Jun 05, 2012
- Queen''s hubby seeks privacy law for the Royal Family - Aug 07, 2008
- 90-year-old Prince Philip regrets leaving naval career - May 17, 2011
- Queen Elizabeth To Provide Glimpse of Royal Family Through Flickr - Jul 26, 2010
- Queen Elizabeth welcomes President Obama, Michelle - May 24, 2011
- William's wedding to have chocolate biscuit cake - Mar 27, 2011
- Will-Kate stay back in London, delay honeymoon - May 01, 2011
- Prince Philip celebrates his 90th birthday - Jun 11, 2011
- News of the World apologises publicly to phone hacking victims - Apr 10, 2011
- Prince Philip wisecracks about Patels'at Buckingham Palace reception - Oct 27, 2009
- Royals feared attack on Prince Charles at Diana's funeral - Jan 17, 2011
- Duke of Edinburgh asks Tory leader if she had tartan knickers - Sep 17, 2010
Tags: 6 august, allegation, apologises, apology, buckingham palace, cancer report, daily telegraph, duke of edinburgh, formal complaint, hrh, max mosley, press complaints commission, prince philip, prince philip the duke of edinburgh, prince william, prince william and prince harry, prostate cancer, royal family, sex case, spokeswoman