"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade did not outright blame Harry and Meghan for Philip's death. Rather, he insinuated — based on conjecture — that their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey upset Philip in his final weeks.
On April 9, 2021, a claim about “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade was shared on social media. Kilmeade had purportedly connected the death of Prince Philip to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
On the same morning that Philip’s death was announced, a video clip was shared thousands of times on Twitter. In the video, Kilmeade said: “If you factor in this, there are reports that [Philip] was enraged after the interview and the fallout from the interview with Winfrey. So here he is trying to recover, and then he gets hit with that.”
Brian Kilmeade connects the death of 99-year-old Prince Philip to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Oprah interview: "If you factor in this, there are reports that he was enraged after the interview … Here he is trying to recover, and then he gets hit with that." pic.twitter.com/tevB9ijMeH
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 9, 2021
Tweets began to appear that said Kilmeade blamed Harry and Meghan for Philip’s death:
A reminder that Brian Kilmeade is a racist POS. What nerve blaming Meghan Markle, who is a woman of color, for the death of #PrincePhilip.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 9, 2021
Not Fox & Friends trying to blame Prince Philip’s passing on Meghan and Harry pic.twitter.com/0SQERTGGNy
— Katie Siewert (@sparkly_cupKATE) April 9, 2021
meghan is too late in her pregnancy to travel, surely?
fox & friends already blamed both of them for the death of….a 99yr old who was certainly sent home for hospice care……..
— endora bullshit (@collectdust) April 9, 2021
However, Kilmeade appeared to only insinuate based on conjecture that the couple’s interview with Winfrey upset him in his final weeks. He did not outright blame Harry and Meghan’s interview with Winfrey for the death of Philip, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on June 10, 2021.
The flag at Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth II lives, was lowered to half-staff following his passing on April 9.
We looked for further clarification on the “Fox & Friends” Twitter account. However, no tweets had been published by @foxandfriends since November 2018. This was around the same time that the official @foxnews account also stopped tweeting for unspecified reasons. However, more than a year later the latter account returned to tweeting.
In sum, tweets that claimed Kilmeade blamed Harry and Meghan’s interview with Winfrey for the death of Prince Philip seemed to be a muddied interpretation of what was actually said on the “Fox & Friends” broadcast.