Care worker inherits country estate after DNA test proves he was illegitimate

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jordan has installed a gym at the estate The Penrose estateCredit:Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo Posting a photograph of his new home on Facebook, he said it had been “a hard three months of fighting for what is truly mine” adding: “I’m sure there will be lots family barbecues in the future I also have a tennis court.” He had asked for a DNA test several times but got no response. It was only after his death that the power of attorney arranged for a test to take place.”I’m starting to get my feet under the table here,” Jordan added. “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 anymore so want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities.”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.” Jordan has installed a gym at the estateCredit:Instagram 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.The family Trust makes money from investments in stocks and shares and renting a number of parcels of land to local farmers, producing a substantial income for the life tenant and meaning Jordan, whose partner gave birth to their first child last month, will not need to work again.  Charles Rogers, who died last year Jordan outside his new home A care worker has inherited one of Britain’s finest country estates after a DNA test proved he was the illegitimate son of the previous aristocratic owner who died last year.Jordan Adlard Rogers, 31, has moved into the sprawling house on the 1,536-acre Penrose National Trust estate after a lengthy battle to prove he was the rightful heir.He had spent years trying to prove that Charles Rogers, whose family had lived on the estate for generations, was his father but his efforts to secure a DNA test were repeatedly rebuffed.However, when Mr Rogers, 62, died of a drug overdose last August, a test was finally carried out and his son, who had long struggled for cash, suddenly found himself at the centre of an incredible rags to riches story.Jordan has wasted little time in embracing his new found inheritance, installing an outside gym at the property and buying a Mercedes C63 to sit on the drive. “There was always a pressure of him trying to match expectation,” Jordan said.”His brother was a 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.”Jordan had suspected that Mr Rogers was his father since he was eight.  Charles Rogers, who died last yearCredit:Jordan Adlard Rogers/SWNS Jordan outside his new homeCredit:Cornwall Live/SWNS The Penrose estate But he insists he would give it all up to have had the chance to steer his father away from the drug abuse that claimed his life and is determined to find out more about his life.An inquest held in Truro last week heard that Mr Rogers had struggled with drug abuse for many years and died in his car outside his Grade-II listed farmhouse.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, Mr Rogers was sleeping in his car.His son said he had learned of a number of factors that may have prompted his life to spiral out of control.

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