Microsoft’s search engine Bing declares Prince Philip dead… but he isn’t

I know it has its fans, but I’ve always found Microsoft’s search engine to be a bit, well, rubbish. Partly my views on it have been formed by years of using Google. I get the results I expect to see when I type something into that, but I don’t when I use Bing.

The UK’s Prince Philip has been in hospital recently — which isn’t a huge surprise as he is 99 years old. He underwent a heart procedure on a pre-existing condition and is currently recuperating at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. Doctors there say he’s doing well. Bing, on the other hand, has declared him dead.

Perhaps Bing knows more than we do, but if you run a search for ‘Prince Philip’ on Microsoft’s search engine the information box on him that appears at the top right provides a useful bio, with his date and location of birth underneath.

Under that, it matter-of-factly says he died in 2021 at King Edward VII’s Hospital, which will no doubt come as a shock to the Queen and other members of the royal family.

He might not be having the best time of things at the moment, given Harry and Meghan’s explosive Oprah interview, but for now he’s still very much alive, despite what Bing might say.

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