The late Prince Philip's will has been ordered to remain sealed so as to protect the "dignity" of Queen Elizabeth II.
Judge Andrew McFarlane made the order on Thursday, saying the will should remain sealed for 90 years. When the time comes to open it, he said it should be done in private and given consideration on if it should be published.
McFarlane himself has not seen or been told the contents of the will, according to Fox News.
"I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the Sovereign, it is appropriate to have a special practice in relation to royal wills," McFarlane said in a written judgment. "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."
McFarlane serves as president of the High Court’s family division, making him the custodian of a safe holding 30 envelopes. 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.
The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis