Prince Philip passed away last week at the age of 99 with the likely cause of death being the age of 99, and new research shows that this would have been a huge ass fucking deal centuries ago.

A few hundred years ago, when being in the royal family entailed doing stuff like taking over other countries and having sex with your family, and not stuff like doing absolutely nothing and being easy targets of satire, this news could have led to widespread political instability resulting in violent attempts to capitalize on a newfound power vacuum. Today, in 2021, the story was trending on Twitter for almost 20 minutes and a few memes highlighting Prince Philip’s zombie-like facial features went pretty viral.

The Hamster still offers its condolences to the royal family and people who pay attention closely to it.