In season seven, episode three, Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily, the Simpsons’ neighbours, the Flanders, temporarily take the children in after a lice outbreak - and after Ned finds out they aren’t baptised.
But, according to the Simpsons fansite, when they’re all in the car driving to church, baby Maggie Simpson creepily turns her head 180 degrees towards Bart and Lisa in the backseat and says, “Prince Philip will die on April 9, 2021.”
While the line has been replaced in recent versions, the site claims that the line was in the original broadcast in 1995, which is 26 years before his tragic passing.
But, adding more weight to the rumour, it isn’t all that surprising when you think about how The Simpsons has a long history of mysteriously predicting historic events, rising tech and new discoveries.
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In the same year as their alleged Prince Philip prediction, the showrunners predicted smartwatches in season six, episode 19, Lisa’s Wedding, three years before one was first invented and twenty years before the first generation of the Apple Watch.
According to Forbes, in 1993, the episode Marge In Chains featured a COVID-like pandemic hitting Springfield, while another episode in 2000, Bart To The Future, predicted the Donald Trump presidency.
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But, while these predictions seemed likely, nothing was more spelt out than their eerie prediction of the late partner to Queen Elizabeth II. Neither the British Royal Family nor Simpsons creator Matt Groening has commented on the story.