Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wealthy and obscure relative pass away and leave you their inheritance?
It was a pipe dream come true for a 31-year-old Englishman, who went from struggling with money all his life to becoming the heir of a $60 million country estate.
He recently became the heir of the 1,536-acre Penrose Estate, which doubles as a tourist attraction, in Cornwall after the former owner, 62-year-old British aristocrat Charles Rogers, died last summer of overdose in his car.
In addition to getting to move into the property with his partner, 30-year-old Katie Hubber, and their newborn son, Joshua, Adlard-Rogers also receives a $1300-a-week trust fund and has since quit his job, Cornwall Live reported.
Previously, Adlard-Rogers was a care worker living in a nearby town of Porthleven.
“I don’t need to work anymore so want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities,” he said. “Now I’m here I want to help people. I’m not going to forget where I’ve come from.”
Rogers was believed to have no heirs that could inherit the estate until a DNA test done after his death revealed Adlard-Rogers was his son and eligible to inherit Rogers’ riches.
However, Adlard-Rogers had always suspected the lord of the manor was his father.
He told reporters that Rogers suggested they do a DNA test when he was just a boy, and when Adlard-Rogers took him up on the offer at 18 years old, Rogers told him to contact a lawyer.
He put it off, and it wasn’t until three years ago that he decided to reach out again. Rogers’ power-of-attorney, however, said he refused to do the DNA test.
Adlard-Rogers appealed one last time, and to his surprise, the same power-of-attorney reached out immediately and said Rogers had passed away.
They were able to then conduct the DNA test, which they said proved Rogers was the father of Adlard-Rogers.
“People say I’m lucky but I would trade anything to be able to go back and for Charles to know I was his son,” Adlard-Rogers said. “Maybe then he might have taken a different path.”