Deepfake Queen will give Christmas warning about fake news

If you are seeing twice as much, do not adjust your prescription.

Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Christmas message to the UK will be followed by alternative comments from a digitally created deepfake monarch to warn of the dangers of fake news.

After the royal queen delivered her speech on the BBC and ITV, deepfake will air on Channel 4 in a five-minute segment addressing controversial issues, such as the flight of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the United Kingdom and the boot of Prince Andrew of real duties on his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, according to the BBC.

“One thing that has sustained many of us is our families, which is why I was so saddened by the departure of Harry and Meghan,” said the digital dopplegänger in an excerpt posted by the BBC. “There are few things more painful than saying that you prefer the company of Canadians.”

The look-alike queen will also try her luck in a TikTok dance challenge.

Despite the foolishness, the feat serves as a warning about the dangers of false news, especially those broadcast through digitally manipulated media.

“If there is a theme for my message today, it is trust,” said the fake queen of the clip. “Trust what is genuine and what is not.”

But while the fake queen plays the part, a BBC journalist covering the royal family said the voice – provided by an actress – left something to be desired.

“There were countless imitations of the queen. This one is not particularly good, ”Nicholas Witchell told the outlet. “The voice sounds what it is – a rather poor attempt at impersonating it.”

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message will be followed by alternative comments from a fake video
Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas message will be followed by alternative comments from a fake video.
Channel 4

Buckingham Palace did not respond to a BBC request for comment on the broadcast of the digital imposter.

Earlier this year, Facebook banned deepfake videos to contain the spread of misinformation before the U.S. presidential election, while Microsoft launched a program designed to give a “confidence score” about whether a video was digitally manipulated.