By Sarah Keane • 07 March 2021 • 11:26
BRITISH train company forced to apologise after it announces the death of Prince Philip
TransPennine Express have issued an apology after visitors to its website on Thursday, March 4 were greeted by the message:
“We are saddened by the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.”
While the 99-year-old husband of the Queen has spent almost three weeks in hospital, he has certainly not yet breathed his last, and the train company hastily responded when a website user pointed out the blunder, saying: “Hi Paul, we are aware of this error on our website and we are working as quickly as possible to rectify it.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Saturday, March 6, that Prince Philip has been transferred back to the King Edward hospital after undergoing a successful operation for a pre-existing heart condition in St Bartholomew’s. The spokesperson added that the Duke will be kept in for a few more days to recuperate.
TransPennine Express removed the incorrect notice after about thirty minutes, and issued a statement shortly afterward.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Yesterday evening, a statement was mistakingly published to our website saying a member of the Royal Family had passed away.”
“As soon as we became aware of this error, we removed the statement and we would like to apologise for any distress this may have caused,” they said.
“We are now conducting an investigation into how this occurred,” the rep added.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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