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Peer calls for Prince Philip’s will to be published over secrecy fears


A PEER has called for Prince Philip’s will to be published amid fears details of his personal fortune will be kept secret.

The Duke of Edinburgh left an estimated £30million when he died last month aged 99.

And royal experts are worried the Palace and judges who rule on wills plan to keep his private.

Labour’s Lord Berkeley asked the Government if the will would be published.

Justice minister Lord Wolfson said a deceased’s representatives could apply to have a will closed to public inspection if that was “undesirable or otherwise inappropriate”.

Calling for transparency, royal finance expert David McClure said: “If it’s good enough for all citizens why shouldn’t it be good enough for the Royal Family?”

“The reason you have testamentary transparency is to guard against fraud.

"It is a universal principal as fraud can go on in estates."

Buckingham Palace were approached for comment but did not respond.

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