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No, Kanika Kapoor Did Not Meet Prince Charles Recently, Old Images Went Viral

Claim

Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 after meeting Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor.

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We were tagged to fact-check a viral claim in which Prince Charles of the Royal British family has been tested positive for meeting the Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor. Kapoor was recently tested positive for coronavirus. Which lead to a massive ruckus as she attended a party in Lucknow, where many VIPs, including Ex Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, her son, and BJP MP Dushyant Singh, UP Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh and others were present.

As we began fact-checking this claim, we first checked if Prince Charles has indeed been tested positive for coronavirus. We searched Google with the keyword ‘Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus,’ and we found a report published by the BBC that affirms our search query.

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has confirmed. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said. The Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has also been tested but does not have the virus.

After getting the confirmation of Prince Charles having coronavirus, we tried to collect more information about the viral image. We performed a reverse image search using the viral image, and we noticed that the viral picture has been present on the internet for a while now.

Among the search results, one is a story published by Times of India, which reports that Bollywood Singer Kanika Kapoor met Prince Charles of the Royal British family in 2015, where the Prince talked to her in Hindi.

Prince Charles actually spoke to Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor in Hindi! | Celebs – Times of India Videos

Jul 04, 2015, 01:15PM IST Source: A couple of days ago, Bollywood playback singer Kanika Kapoor, famous as the Baby Doll crooner, attended a charity event hosted by UK royalty Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Since multiple fact-checkers have questioned the credibility of media outlets across the globe over time, we tried to collect more information on the viral image.

We then checked her Twitter account using the Twitter Advanced Search tool and found the same viral image in a tweet made by Kanika, herself, on July 1, 2015.

We found the same picture on her Instagram account as well.

View this post on Instagram

Talking Bollywood with #PrinceCharles #ElephantFamily #MarkShand #London wearing @roland_mouret

A post shared by Kanika Kapoor (@kanik4kapoor) on Jun 30, 2015 at 1:09pm PDT

In the above tweet and her Instagram post, it is clear that the viral picture is old and was clicked in 2015, during a charity event by UK royalty Prince Charles and Camilla; hence it is proved that the viral claim is ‘Misleading.’

Sources

  • Google Search
  • Twitter Advanced Search

Result: Misleading

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Saurabh Pandey
Saurabh Pandey
A self-taught social media maverick, Saurabh realised the power of social media early on and began following and analysing false narratives and ‘fake news’ even before he entered the field of fact-checking professionally. He is fascinated with the visual medium, technology and politics, and at Newschecker, where he leads social media strategy, he is a jack of all trades. With a burning desire to uncover the truth behind events that capture people's minds and make sense of the facts in the noisy world of social media, he fact checks misinformation in Hindi and English at Newschecker.
Saurabh Pandey
Saurabh Pandey
A self-taught social media maverick, Saurabh realised the power of social media early on and began following and analysing false narratives and ‘fake news’ even before he entered the field of fact-checking professionally. He is fascinated with the visual medium, technology and politics, and at Newschecker, where he leads social media strategy, he is a jack of all trades. With a burning desire to uncover the truth behind events that capture people's minds and make sense of the facts in the noisy world of social media, he fact checks misinformation in Hindi and English at Newschecker.

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