King Charles: Buckingham Palace investigating fake books sold on Amazon about the monarch’s health

As King Charles commences his cancer treatment, The Palace has to deal with a lawsuit as someone has published a fake AI book on His Majesty’s health.

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King Charles BBuckingham Palace fake books health

On February 5, 2024, King Charles announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing surgery for an enlarged prostate. The King has started treatment for the cancer and has been advised to not undergo public engagements for the time being.

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As per the statement from The Palace, the King wished to share his diagnosis in the hopes it would bring awareness to others and encourage them to get checked.

Since sharing his news, King Charles shared a ‘most heartfelt’ thank you message to the public, revealing that he was pleased that his openness ‘helped promote public understanding’.

It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light

However, it seems that some people have taken advantage of the situation as an AI-generated book on the King’s health is being sold on Amazon. It is understood that The Palace is seeking legal action.

Buckingham Palace are calling lawyers over the AI-generated book

As reported by Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace discovered that a book on King Charles’ health is being sold on Amazon. This led to The Palace releasing a statement claiming that the book is 'intrusive' and 'insensitive'.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said:

Any such titles speculating about His Majesty's diagnosis and treatment are intrusive, insensitive and filled with inaccuracies.

The Palace added that their legal team is looking into the fake biography:

Our legal team will be looking at the issue closely. We call on any individuals or organisations facilitating their sale to withdraw them immediately.

As per Daily Mail, the book was generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it found that it was not the only fake biography sold on Amazon.

Fake biographies about King Charles’ health are being sold on Amazon

Daily Mail reportedly led an investigation and discovered that 7 biographies making false claims about King Charles’ health are being sold on Amazon.

The books allegedly claimed ‘vivid descriptions’ of the moment His Majesty learned about his cancer diagnosis as well as details about King Charles’ surgery to remove a ‘tumour’ and the ‘fatigue’ the King experienced after chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

After the discovery was made, Amazon deleted several of the fake biographies but some were still on sale.

All of the fake biographies were reportedly penned by unknown authors and used AI to write them. They were published to Amazon through its self-publishing platform. As per Daily Mail, Amazon refused to disclose the authors’ identities.

An Amazon spokesman told Daily Mail:

We don't allow AI-generated content that violates our content guidelines, including content that creates a disappointing customer experience. We have removed the titles we found that violated our guidelines.

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Sources used:

Daily Mail: ‘Buckingham Palace calls in lawyers over the sale of 'intrusive' and 'insensitive' fake A.I. generated books about King Charles' cancer diagnosis which are being sold on Amazon’

The Independent: ‘Buckingham Palace hits out after ‘AI used to write fake books with false claims about Charles’ cancer’

Royal Family website: ‘A thank you message from His Majesty The King’

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