Prince Philip's will to be sealed for 90 years to protect 'dignity' of royal family

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The contents of the late Prince Philip’s will are to be sealed for at least 90 years.

London judge Sir Andrew McFarlane made the ruling to protect the “dignity and standing” of Queen Elizabeth II and other royal family members on Thursday.

According to multiple outlets, the president of the Family Division of the High Court has not seen the will.

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BBC reports that he ruled that a private process can be held after 90 years to determine if documents should be unsealed.

A hearing appealing for the will not to be made public was held privately in July.

At the time, McFarlane heard “arguments from lawyers representing the duke's estate and the attorney general, the government's chief legal adviser,” which advised Thursday’s ruling.

"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 wrote in his order, per the outlet.

"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.”

"I accepted the submission that, whilst there may be public curiosity as to the private arrangements that a member of the Royal Family may choose to make in their will, there is no true public interest in the public knowing this wholly private information," he added in defense of his decision.

The practice of sealing a will isn’t out of the ordinary. The outlet notes that the convention has been in place for “over a century.”

Prince Philip passed away on April 9 at Windsor Castle. He was 99.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the palace said in a statement at the time.

He was laid to rest on April 17 in a private funeral ceremony that honored his lifetime of service to the country, the crown and his wife.

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