Welp, that's all it was. No Elizabeth abdicating, no Harry and Megan eloping, and no Charles, William, and George removing themselves from royal succession to make room for Good Queen Charlotte. They summoned the royal staff from all over the country in the dead of night to announce a 95 year old man is retiring from being a racist embarrassment in public, to only being a racist embarrassment in private.
Update 8:02 AM BST:
There'll be a staff meeting at Buckingham Palace this morning. It's not to do with the health of either the Queen or Prince Philip.— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) May 4, 2017
Looks like a big old nothing. Maybe one of the corgis got into the Queen's rose bushes again. Maybe Charles got into the Queen's rose bushes again.
Royal staff called to Buckingham Palace for ‘emergency meeting' https://t.co/a6yLwUKnpA— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 4, 2017
Speculation is that The Queen or Prince Phillip has died. Crossing my fingers it's Phillip. Apparently royal deaths aren't announced until after 8 am London time. BBC will likely be the first and only source.