The will of Prince Philip has been ordered to be sealed by a London High Court. 

Prince Philip’s will shall remain a secret for the next 90 years, the High Court ruled. 

Sealing of Philip’s will has been ordered to “protect the dignity and standing” of the monarch. 

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had passed away at the age of 99 on April 9. 

Notably, it is a convention for members of the royal family to ask that their will remain private. 

Keeping up with the convention, Andrew McFarlane, president of the court’s Family Division, said he had agreed Philip’s will should be sealed up “and that no copy of the will should be made for the record or kept on the court file.” 

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The convention, under which the will shall be kept secret dates back to 1910. 

“The degree of publicity that publication would be likely to attract would be very extensive and wholly contrary to the aim of maintaining the dignity of the Sovereign,” McFarlane said in a ruling. 

The judge said 90 years should pass from the granting of probate before the will should be unsealed in private before possible publication, a period he said was “proportionate and sufficient.” 

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the 95-year-old British monarch for more than seven decades, died at the age of 99 at his wife’s Windsor Castle home to the west of London on April 9.

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