Woman worried she might be ‘cursed’ after predicting likely death of 99-year-old man in ill-health

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A 42-year-old Basingstoke woman is being hailed as a modern-day Cassandra after she predicted the death of a 99-year-old man who was in ill-health and has been in and out of hospital for the best part of three months.

Sharon Williams told friends only two days ago that she didn’t think Prince Philip was long for this world, and has today been left shocked by her apparent gift of prophecy.

She told us, “Well, you say ‘gift’, but honestly, this feels more like a curse.

“I wish I knew how it worked. I mean, I can’t pick the lottery numbers – or so it seems – but I can predict with unerring accuracy the imminent death of public figures who are really old and not very well.

“Well, one public figure so far, but I dare not speculate on the health of another for fear of condemning them to death.  That’s a huge weight to carry.

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“I’ve been trying not to mention David Attenborough all afternoon, Christ – you don’t think saying his name will do it, do you?

“That said, I’m happy to tell anyone who’ll listen that Boris Johnson looks a bit peaky at the minute.”