The Daily Telegraph published an incomplete article online on Wednesday announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as the still-alive prince prepared for his final day of public engagements.
The piece read: “The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.
A spokesman for the Telegraph said: “We sincerely apologise for the mistake that was made this morning, which was of course rectified immediately. We will be reviewing our publishing processes as a matter of urgency.”
It is not the first time a newspaper has prematurely announced Prince Philip’s death. The Sun made a similar error in May when the duke announced his retirement from public engagements. The tabloid published an article, which again was swiftly removed, titled: “Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc”.
During his final engagement Prince Philip will pay tribute to personnel who took part in the 1664 Global Challenge, a series of strength and endurance feats raising funds for and awareness of the Royal Marines charity.
The Queen, 91, will continue her public schedule, supported by other members of the royal family.