The Will Of The Duke of Edinburgh to stay sealed for 90 years
Prince Philip’s will is to remain secret for at least 90 years to protect the “dignity” of his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and other senior royals.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April at the age of 99 but the document detailing his last wishes and the division of his assets will not be made public in order to protect the “dignity” of his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and other members of the royal family, judge Sir Andrew wrote
The judge – who is president of the Family Division of the High Court – has not seen or had the contents of the will disclosed to me other than the date of its execution and the name of its executor, declared a private process can be held after the 90-year period has passed in order to determine if the documents should then be unsealed.
He wrote: “I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the Sovereign, it is appropria”There is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the Sovereign and close members of her family.”
The judge held a hearing with lawyers representing Philip’s estate and therefore the attorney general, who represented the general public interest, in July, which was kept private because it might have generated “very significant publicity and conjecture” that will “defeat the aim of the appliance.”
He added: “I accepted the submission that, whilst there is also public curiosity on the private arrangements that a member of the royalty may like better to make in their will, there’s no true public interest within the public knowing this wholly private information to possess a special practice in regard to royal wills.
It has been customary for pretty much 100 years for the wills of senior royals to stay sealed and in his position within the family courts, Andrew is claimed to be custodian of a secure which holds quite 30 sealed wills that belonged to deceased royal line members.