Edward Adeane

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Edward Adeane (the Honourable George Edward Adeane, 1939–2015) was a barrister and private secretary to the Prince of Wales.

His father had been private secretary to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II and his great-grandfather had been private secretary to Queen Victoria and King George V. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge.

As a barrister, he specialised in libel suits, defending Time Out, The Spectator, and Marlene Dietrich. In 1979 he was appointed private secretary to the Prince of Wales, with whom he shared a love of fishing. In 1985 Adeane resigned after a number of disagreements, and had found that the Prince 'almost invariably did the opposite of what he advised'.[1]

He is survived by his companion, Brent Snape.[1]

The Telegraph obituary has been described by Robert Cottrell as an "Extraordinary obituary, almost entirely written in code".[2]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11621568/Edward-Adeane-courtier-obituary.html "Edward Adeane, courtier - obituary", Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2015.
  2. https://twitter.com/robertcottrell/status/602156029028245504