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'.
He is survived by his companion, Brent Snape.
The Telegraph obituary has been described by Robert Cottrell as an "Extraordinary obituary, almost entirely written in code".
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- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11621568/Edward-Adeane-courtier-obituary.html "Edward Adeane, courtier - obituary", Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2015.