The engagement of Prince Harry to actress Meghan Markle was a hot topic on social media yesterday, with many celebrities and politicians sending along their congrats and well wishes.
The Prince of Wales has announced the engagement of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. https://t.co/rtlAnFCWTf— Kensington Palace (@Kensington Palace) 1511776858.0
But for Twitter user Greg Pollowitz, an editor at Twitchy.com, a more sinister thought entered his mind, leading him to post a humorous conspiracy theory which quickly went viral.
As you may know, Ms. Markle is an American, meaning that if she and Prince Harry have children, they will technically be American citizens. But that's only the beginning of the far-fetched long con that Pollowitz theorized.
"Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it's a smart move. They want America back and this is how they'll do it," his tweet reads.
Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the sa… https://t.co/WTTLv8OFmZ— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz) 1511789024.0
That's right, folks. According to Pollowitz, the engagement is just part of a massive conspiracy by Great Britain to reclaim the colony that they lost during the American Revolution.
Thanks to that one tweet, the Twitter hive mind was blown wide open:
@Thomasismyuncle This is crazy. Everything I’ve ever tweeted about Ohio State is a better take than this— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz) 1511807430.0
@GPollowitz @benshapiro Those cheeky.. https://t.co/ydEFcLC7Oy— Siyabulela (@Siyabulela) 1511793238.0
@GPollowitz @allahpundit Holy crap dude- monster tweet there.... AND IT'S ALL TRUE!— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1511822132.0
@GPollowitz @swearimnotpaul This is the most credible post-Brexit strategy for the UK that I've heard so far.— Robin Bairner (@Robin Bairner) 1511795379.0
@GPollowitz @HayesBrown https://t.co/KYssQGb5z8— Teri Donnelly (@Teri Donnelly) 1511793947.0
And although Pollowitz wrote the tweet in jest, there were a few that couldn't take a joke:
@GPollowitz @allahpundit Man it doesn't even matter - just reply with a haters gonna hate meme or something. https://t.co/r1jkoEYZdx— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1511822295.0
@Thomasismyuncle @GPollowitz Not without major tragedy to the royal family and an amendment to the US Constitution— Andrew. also known to respond to Hey you! and OI!! (@Andrew. also known to respond to Hey you! and OI!!) 1511807816.0
@GPollowitz No they won't. Pretty sure Ms Markle will be expected to renounce US citizenship and take UK.— Katrina Gulliver (@Katrina Gulliver) 1511793834.0
And it even reignited the "birther" debate that has followed Barack Obama around for years:
@Borgprince @Thomasismyuncle @GPollowitz Wouldn't need a constitutional amendment. The child would be natural born… https://t.co/IfbIIknryQ— Nate Watkins (@Nate Watkins) 1511808330.0
@maryellenfield @mr_ceebs @GPollowitz As long as they are born a citizen they are eligible, which includes being bo… https://t.co/maBTcIeW1Q— Kathy Castro (@Kathy Castro) 1511803084.0
@maryellenfield @kathycastro @mr_ceebs @GPollowitz Nope. The weight of legal scholarship establishes that the Frame… https://t.co/IquzWK2NBm— Antumbral (@Antumbral) 1511804388.0
Either way, the possibilities seem endlessly-ripe for drama, almost as if they were ripped straight from a few popular television series:
@GPollowitz @benshapiro It’s The Crown/House of Cards crossover episode you’ve been waiting for.— Michael Fish (@Michael Fish) 1511793209.0
We can see it now:
@GPollowitz @_NickBurch Prince Harry Jr 2052— Dan (@Dan) 1511792606.0
@GPollowitz Obviously the platform will be “make America British again!”— Mads Chr. Skipper (@Mads Chr. Skipper) 1511793834.0
It will be funny in 50+ years or so when the IRS goes after the Royal Family for the U.S. share of the estate tax.— Greg Pollowitz (@Greg Pollowitz) 1511790759.0
But leave it to the Brits to spoil our fun. Even if they could technically somehow get America back, they basically said, "Nah, we're good:"
@GPollowitz @youngvulgarian We really, really don't want it back. Trust us.— Rachel Cunliffe (@Rachel Cunliffe) 1511795655.0
Well, maybe not all of them:
Thank you, Greg Pollowitz, for sparking such heated debate on Twitter. The British-American rivalry appears to be alive and well once more.
@GPollowitz I think this take wins the day.— Tracy O'Connell Novick (@Tracy O'Connell Novick) 1511792056.0
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