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Queen Elizabeth II conspiracy theory claims she secretly knighted Trump

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 at the age of 96, many conspiracy theories linked to the late monarch have emerged on social media.

Among the debunked claims that have spread in recent days is one that the Queen once secretly knighted former President Donald Trump. Another conspiracy – which has also been denied – is that Elizabeth said she had information that could lead to Hillary Clinton’s arrest.

The conspiracy theory that Trump has been knighted has circulated after an image making the claim was shared on social media following the Queen’s death. The photo was reportedly posted by Trump himself on his Truth Social platform, and it included a fake post attributed to Trump that read, “I never told anyone but her. [Queen Elizabeth II] knighted me privately.”

However, The Associated Press refuted the claim that the former president ever made such a statement or posted the image on Truth Social.

The AP said a Trump spokesperson confirmed the image had been doctored. The former president’s Truth Social profile also does not include the fake photo, and the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has no evidence that it ever appeared on his social media accounts.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) has also published fact-checking articles in recent days regarding conspiracy theories that have spread online regarding the Queen.

One such claim involved what would have been a photo of Meghan Markle wearing a post-Queen death t-shirt that featured rock band The Smith’s artwork. The queen is dead album. AFP Fact-Check, however, revealed that a reverse search of the image showed Meghan wearing a plain white shirt in the real photo with no such artwork.

Another AFP investigation concerned a Clinton conspiracy.

“I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton,” the queen reportedly said in a post widely shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the days following her death, according to AFP.

The quote is fabricated, as are other published claims that the Queen had information about alleged criminal activity regarding Clinton. AFP said the fabricated posts, along with many fake social media accounts that shared them, are part of a current trend of internet memes that falsely associate the Clinton family with various crimes.

The news agency said such claims about the Clintons are often spread by proponents of the far-right, widely denied QAnon conspiracy theory. Last week, Insider also reported that members of the QAnon community have been active in spreading many false stories related to the Queen and American politicians.

However, QAnon believers aren’t limited to posting fake stories about prominent American figures: Insider wrote a popular QAnon Telegram page that claimed Princess Diana is still alive and will assume the throne. Other QAnon conspirators, meanwhile, have baselessly claimed that the Queen was murdered.

Pleasemynews contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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