Care worker inherits lavish country estate after DNA test proves he was aristocrat’s illegitimate son

Jordan Adlard Rogers has inherited one of west Cornwall's grandest estate homes (Picture: SWNS)

A care worker has inherited one of Britain's finest country estates after a DNA test proved he was the illegitimate son of the aristocratic owner who died there.

Jordan Adlard Rogers, 31, says he had spent several years trying to prove Charles Rogers was his real father.

He made several requests for a test which were turned down while his father was still alive.

After Charles was found dead in his car on the estate in August last year at the age of 62 a test was finally carried out - and confirmed they were related.

And with Charles’ mother and brother also having passed away, Jordan was left as heir to the grand estate.

He has now moved into the lavish 1,536-acre National Trust Penrose Estate and said he is immersing himself in his new way of life and his newfound family's history.

Jordan Adlard Rogers in front of portraits of members of the Rogers family (Picture: SWNS)

The Rogers family have lived on the site between Helston and Porthleven in Cornwall for generations, gifting it to the National Trust in 1974 in exchange for a 1,000-year lease to continue living there.

Jordan, who has now left his job as a community support worker to live off the proceeds of the estate, said he can't believe how much his life has changed since the DNA test came back positive.

He said he had suspicions that Charles could have been his dad since the age of eight.

He said: “He offered to do a DNA test when I was younger but it didn’t happen and then when I was 18, I knocked on his door and asked if I could have the test and he told me to do it through the solicitors. I was 18 so had other priorities at the time.

“I wrote more letters in my twenties but never got a reply, then three years ago I got in contact with power of attorney Philip Care.

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"Philip said Charles didn’t want to do the test so I wrote one final letter with a DNA test kit enclosed and that was when Philip rang and told me Charles was dead.”

Jordan said he had to deal with some obstructive family members but he was finally able to get the test completed and Charles was confirmed as his father.

He added: “I’m now starting to get my feet under the table here. 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. Maybe then he might have taken a different path.

“I don’t need to work any more so want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities.

Jordan Adlard Rogers at his newly inherited stately home (Picture: SWNS)

“I’ve been at the point of worrying about the next bill and have had a tough start in life but now I’m here I want to help people.

"I’m not going to forget where I’ve come from.”

An inquest last week heard how Charles had struggled with drug abuse for many years and died of an overdose in his car outside his Grade-II listed farmhouse on the historic estate.

The inquest, held in Truro, heard how there were no suspicious circumstances and that Charles had overdosed on a prescription drug.

He was reportedly malnourished, neglected personal hygiene and rarely changed his clothes in the months leading up to his death. Instead of living in his lavish home, Charles was sleeping in his car.

The coroner was told the life tenant of the estate receives an income from a trust, and Charles was given a “substantial” cash allowance ranging from £300 to £1,000 a week.

Jordan, who bears a striking resemblance to his father, said he decided to speak out to give a fuller picture of his father's life before he died.

The stately home in Cornwall (Picture: SWNS)

He said: “I haven’t been here long and don’t know all the ins and outs but have been able to piece some of the puzzle together.

“Charles never actually lived in the estate. He lived in one of the estate’s farmhouses as his mum lived here so he never got the chance to inherit it. They died two weeks apart.

“It’d got to the point when he gave up on himself and was living in his car instead of his house as it was such a mess.”

Jordan, who recently had a son with his partner Katie, said he has learned of a number of factors that he believes resulted in his father’s descent into drug addiction.

“There was always a pressure of him trying to match expectation,” he added. “His brother was an RAF pilot and his dad a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy so he had big shoes to fill. He was under huge pressure taking it on, but he was different and a free spirit.

“Charles served in the Army in Northern Ireland and I think this affected him greatly along with the death of his brother Nigel from cancer who he was very close to.”

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