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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, June 14, 2021

Prince Philip Reportedly Left £30 Million in His Will to “Three Key Staff” Members

PhilPrince Philip reportedly left a very generous gift to his closest staff members upon his passing in April. The majority of Prince Philip's estate was likely left to his wife, but a source close to Buckingham Palace revealed that "the Duke of Edinburgh also wanted to give something special to three key staff members he was very close with."

The three staff members include his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, his page William Henderson, and his valet Stephen Niedojadio.

The three men helped take care of Prince Philip all the way up until his last days. Prince Philip's private secretary, Bakewell, regularly stood in for Philip at events when he was unable to attend. Henderson and Niedojadio would also take turns staying with him during his time at Wood Farm. And Henderson was with Philip during his last two days at Windsor Castle. 

In addition to the three staff members, Prince Harry is expected to receive an inheritance despite the "bombshell Oprah interview" that aired just before Philip's death. A source claimed that the interview should not have any impact on Harry's inheritance stating "that was all sorted out quite a while ago." 

See Emily Kirkpatrick, Prince Philip Reportedly Left £30 Million in His Will to “Three Key Staff” Members, Vanity Fair, May 28, 2021. 

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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