Queen Elizabeth II Conspiracy Theory Claims She Secretly Knighted Trump

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 at the age of 96, numerous conspiracy theories related to the late monarch have sprung up on social media.

Among the debunked claims that have spread in recent days is one that the queen once secretly knighted former President Donald Trump. Another conspiracy—that's also been disproven—is that Elizabeth said she possessed information that could lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.

The conspiracy theory that Trump was knighted circulated after an image making the claim was shared on social media after the queen's death. The picture was allegedly posted by Trump himself on his Truth Social platform, and it included a fake message attributed to Trump that read: "I never told anybody but she [Queen Elizabeth II] knighted me in private."

However, the Associated Press has debunked the claim that the former president ever made any such statement or posted the image on Truth Social.

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Above, Queen Elizabeth II is seen with then-President Donald Trump at the D-Day 75 National Commemorative Event on June 5, 2019, in Portsmouth, England. A conspiracy theory being spread online falsely claims Queen Elizabeth II secretly knighted Trump. Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage

The AP said a Trump spokesperson confirmed that the image was doctored. The former president's Truth Social profile also does not include the fake picture, and the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine has no evidence of it ever appearing on his social media accounts.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) has also ran fact-checking stories in recent days regarding conspiracy theories that have spread online in relation to the queen.

One of these claims involved what was said to be a photo of Meghan Markle wearing a T-shirt after the queen's passing that featured the artwork of rock band The Smith's The Queen Is Dead album. AFP's Fact-Check, though, found that a reverse search of the image showed Meghan wore a plain white shirt in the real photo with no such artwork on it.

Another AFP investigation involved a Clinton conspiracy.

"I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton," the queen was quoted as saying in a post that was widely shared across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the days following her death, according to AFP.

The quote is made-up, as are other posted claims that the queen had any information about alleged criminal activity regarding Clinton. The AFP said that the fabricated posts, as well as numerous fake social media accounts that shared them, are part of an ongoing internet meme trend that falsely links the Clinton family to various crimes.

The news agency said such claims about the Clintons are often spread by adherents of the widely debunked far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. Last week, Insider also reported that members of the QAnon community have been active in spreading many of the false narratives related to the queen and U.S. politicians.

However, QAnon believers aren't just limited to pushing fake stories about U.S. figures: Insider wrote a popular QAnon Telegram page has claimed Princess Diana is still alive and will assume the throne. Other QAnon conspiracists, meanwhile, have baselessly said that the queen was murdered.

Newsweek reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.