It reads like a script from a Hollywood film.
When British aristocrat Charles Rogers died in August 2018, it was believed there was no inheritor to inherit his sprawling $60 million nation property in Cornwall, England.
That’s earlier than a DNA take a look at was carried out on the 62-year-old lord-of-the manor, who overdosed in his automotive on the 1,536-acre Penrose Property following many years of laborious drug use.
In a exceptional twist, the outcomes confirmed that Rogers did, in truth, have an inheritor — struggling care employee Jordan Adlard-Rogers, 31, from the close by city of Porthleven, Cornwall Reside reported.
In keeping with the outlet, Adlard-Rogers — who reportedly grew up in a council home and suffered lengthy intervals of monetary hardship — has now stop his job and moved into the property with companion Katie Hubber, 30, and their new child son Joshua.
However not earlier than he handled Kate to a visit to New York after being handed the keys to Penrose, which was purchased by the Rogers household in 1771.
To cap all of it, Adlard-Rogers additionally now reportedly receives a $1,300-a-week belief fund, in keeping with Cornwall Reside.
“I haven’t been right here lengthy and don’t know all of the ins and outs however have been capable of piece a number of the puzzle collectively,” Adlard-Rogers instructed Cornwall Reside about his life-changing occasions.
“Charles by no means truly lived within the property. He lived in one of many property’s farmhouses as his mum lived right here so he by no means obtained the prospect to inherit it. They died two weeks aside and his brother was additionally in line to dwell within the property earlier than him,” Adlard-Rogers stated.
“It’d obtained to the purpose when he gave up on himself and was dwelling in his automotive as an alternative of his home because it was such a large number,” Adlard-Rogers stated of his father.
Lately Penrose is run by historic charity the Nationwide Belief, which was gifted the property by the Rogers household in 1974 in return for a 1,000-year lease to proceed dwelling there. It has since been become a vacationer vacation spot full with a café, walled gardens, vacation cottages, plus miles of mountaineering, bike and horseback trails.
It additionally boasts a mix of farmland and woodland, an historical silver mine and is claimed to be the place King Arthur was mortally wounded and died.
Adlard-Rogers’ rags-to-riches story can be closely tinged with disappointment. Rising up inside a mile of the property, he reportedly knew from the age of eight that Charles Rogers might have been his dad.
“He supplied to do a DNA take a look at once I was youthful but it surely didn’t occur after which once I was 18 I knocked on his door and requested if I may have the take a look at and he instructed me to do it by means of the solicitors,” Adlard-Rogers instructed Cornwall Reside. “I used to be 18 so had different priorities on the time.”
He added, “I wrote extra letters in my twenties however by no means obtained a reply, then three years in the past I obtained in touch with energy of legal professional Philip Care. Philip stated Charles didn’t wish to do the take a look at, so I wrote one ultimate letter with a DNA take a look at package enclosed and that was when Philip rang and instructed me Charles was useless.”
It was at this level that the DNA take a look at was lastly carried out and Adlard-Rogers’ life modified ceaselessly. But it stays a bittersweet occasion – and doubtless all the time will.
“Folks say I’m fortunate however I might commerce something to have the ability to return and for Charles to know I used to be his son,” Adlard-Rogers instructed Cornwall Reside.
“Possibly then he might need taken a unique path.”
For now, he’s busy getting his “ft underneath the desk” and adjusting to his new life as lord-of-the-manor.
Having grown up poor, he’s additionally decided that others will now profit from his belated luck.
“I don’t have to work anymore so wish to arrange a charity and assist the Porthleven and Helston communities,” Adlard-Rogers instructed Cornwall Reside.
“I’ve been on the level of worrying concerning the subsequent invoice and have had a tricky begin in life however now I’m right here I wish to assist folks. I’m not going to neglect the place I’ve come from.”