Last year, a court ruled that the Queen’s husband’s will will not be made public for at least 90 years. Nevertheless, The Guardian decided to challenge the court’s decision. Now the court has rejected the appeal, arguing that privacy will be preserved due to “special circumstances”.
The three judges – Sir Geoffrey Vos, Victoria Sharp and Lady Justice King – said the media had not been informed of the private will hearing “for fear of a stir”.
“The hearing on the last will took place at a very sensitive time for the Queen and her family, and their interests would not have been protected if all the details had been made public by the media. The chosen decision is to publish only what the royal family will approve,” the court decision states.
Although in the United Kingdom a will becomes a public record after death, for more than a century the royal family has chosen not to make the last will of its members public.
The judges ruled that “It is true that all laws apply to the royal family, but that does not mean that their consequences are always the same. In this case, the circumstances, as we have already mentioned, are exceptional.”
“We are not sure whether it is really in the public’s interest to know how the royal family’s assets are divided,” the court emphasized: “The lack of transparency can become a basis for public discussion, but in some cases the right not to make the last will public is provided for.”
Prince Philip died on April 9, 2021 at Windsor Castle in his 100th year. It was announced that the monarch died of natural causes of old age.
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