BBC journo apologises after 'Queen hospitalised' prank tweet

Ahmen Khawaja
Ahmen Khawaja

A BBC journalist has claimed that a since deleted tweet that Queen Elizabeth had been hospitalised was a 'silly prank'

Ahmen Khawaja tweeted this this morning, sending newsrooms around the world into a panic.

As you can see, Khawaja quickly backtracked before offering the following excuse.

Since the tweet there has been official word on the health of the monarch, who was in hospital this morning, but only for her annual check up.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.

"This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital."

However, it seems the BBC were just conducting a 'death rehearsal' and it was never supposed to go public that they were doing a practice for Queen Elizabeth's passing.

UPDATE 14.34: The BBC have since issued a statement on the matter.

"During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the Royal Family had been taken ill. The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence."

It is also being reported that Khawaja will face disciplinary proceedings from the BBC.