Tthe will of the late Prince Philips has been ordered to remain sealed to protect the “dignity” of Queen Elizabeth II.
Judge Andrew McFarlane issued the order Thursday, saying the will should remain sealed for 90 years. When the time comes to open it, he said it should be made private and considered whether it should be made public.
McFarlane himself has not seen or been told the contents of the will, according to Fox News.
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“I have determined that because of the constitutional position of the sovereign, it is appropriate to have a particular practice in relation to royal wills,” McFarlane said in a written judgment. “There is a need to increase the protection of truly private aspects of life for this limited group of individuals in order to preserve the dignity of sovereignty and close family members.”
McFarlane serves as president of the High Court’s family division, making him the manager of a 30-envelope safe. Each envelope contains the sealed will of a deceased royal, including Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, who both died in 2002.
Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99 after nearly 75 years of marriage to the Queen, who is 95. Philip died of “old age”, according to a copy of his death certificate obtained by the Telegraph.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent their condolences when they heard the news of Philip’s death and said, “His legacy will live on.”
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Original author: Asher Notheis
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