Written by: Khalif Thompson
Following the falsifying report of the death of Queen Elizabeth III, Jason Lee, CEO & Founder of Hollywood Unlocked, seeks to redeem himself and the credibility of his blog providing the public with a detailed process on what led him and his team to believe her Royal Majesty has passed away.
After breaking the internet last week with an inaccurate report that 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth had died, Jason Lee and Hollywood Unlocked are apologizing and explaining what led them to suspect and post that the queen had died.
The story was released to the publication's channels on Tuesday, February 22nd, provoking a rush of social media comments as many not only expressed their condolences but also questioned how someone like Lee could acquire insider information about the British Royal Family before anybody else.
Lee was contacted by "a source who was in attendance at the wedding of British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful," who claimed to have witnessed "a call in which news of the Queen's death had been confirmed to a high-profile attendee," as well as outlining the dismay that allegedly followed suit at the celebrity event.
The narrative goes on to mention that Enninful is a renowned fashion personality in the UK, and he has contacts with several royals, so the presence of family associates isn't to be disregarded.
The Queen was last seen publicly on Wednesday, February 16th; four days later, she tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled all in-person meetings.
Given that Lee was aware of her Majesty's illness and had a credible first source, he allegedly spoke to another source familiar with the British military, who directly confirmed that "the palace had been locked down and all the top generals had been summoned to Windsor Castle 'for an undisclosed reason'" four hours before HU shared their news.
Lee also mentioned "Operation London Bridge" in his formal explanation, saying that the information he was getting from informants corresponded to the elaborate tactical plan that will be carried out following the monarch's death.
"So breaking stories before anyone else is not uncommon or atypical for us. All news outlets get it wrong sometimes despite their best efforts and we will always take full accountability when that happens."
"And based on Wednesday’s report from the Palace, I can say my sources got this wrong and I sincerely apologize to The Queen and the Royal Family."