New UK law means queen’s secrets to stay that way

LONDON—What happens in the palace stays in the palace.

New rules in Britain make Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William exempt from freedom of information laws, meaning many private details won’t be made public for decades.

Previously, such information could be released if it was in the public interest.

The government says the exemption taking force Wednesday will protect the monarch’s private conversations with politicians and officials. But activists say it will make it even harder to hold to account a royal family that costs taxpayers millions a year.

Freedom of information filings have previously extracted information including the queen’s request for money from a fund intended for low-income households to help pay palace heating bills.

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