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Kennedy clan BANNED from lawn at Hyannis Port in feud over family compound
Published: 15:33 BST, 5 August 2012 | Updated: 18:10 BST, 5 August 2012
The Kennedy clan have found themselves embroiled in a new family feud over the management of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
Following the senator's death from brain cancer in 2009, his widow, Vicki, donated the main house in the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and its sprawling lawn, to the non-profit institute set up in his name.
Edward Kennedy had specified in his will that he wanted his estate to be turned into a place of learning for young people and Vicki has been working against the rest of the clan to see her late husband's wish granted.
Property under dispute: An Honor Guard carries the casket of the late US Sen. Edward Kennedy across the porch of his home at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on August 27, 2009
But now remaining family members who own property at Hyannis Port will have to pay rent to the nonprofit if they want to use the lawn that is the central part of the 2.4-acre waterfront lot.
It has been alleged that the senator's sons, Edward M. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy, have been banned from using the mansion's swimming pool, while the Boston Globe reports that main house is also out of limits for the family.
The institute is legally bound to charge rent and the home cannot be used as a family housing unit now that the property is under the control of a nonprofit entity.
The institute recently banned Taylor Swift, who is dating Conor Kennedy, the 18-year-old son of Robert Kennedy Jr and his late wife Mary, from staying there.
Dispute: Sons Ted Kennedy Jr, left, and Patrick Kennedy, right, have complained about the way their stepmother is handling their late father's estate which they wanted to use as part of July 4 celebrations
Banned: Patrick Schwarzenegger, left, and Taylor Swift share a chuckle as they enjoy July 4th celebrations at the Kennedy Family home in Hyannis Port, though Taylor was not allowed to stay at the Ted Kennedy mansion
Happier times: Senator Ted Kennedy (centre right) with his wife Vicki (centre left), son Ted Kennedy Jr (left), and daughter Kara Anne
'It is to be used for the purpose of holding educational seminars and forums,' Debra DeShong Reed, a spokeswoman for the EMK Institute, told the New York Post. 'It is not for rent by private individuals.'
The house is supposed to be used as a study and seminar center for scholars and researchers, an arrangement that the senator made in his will.
But Edward M. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy believe their stepmother is mishandling their father's creation of the million institute.
'The children feel totally left out,' a family friend of the Kennedy's told the Globe. 'Vicki totally controls the board.'