Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Jordan Adlard Rogers, now 31, said he had been suspicious that a famous aristocrat, Charles Rogers, was his father since the age of 8. When Charles died on his estate at the age of 62 from an apparent drug overdose, his mother passing away within 2 weeks, and his brother dying from cancer, a DNA test was finally performed to determine is Jordan was his heir. There were some "obstructive family members," Jordan said, but the DNA test confirmed that Charles was indeed Jordan's father.
Jordan left his job as a community worker to move into the grand 1,536-acre National Trust Penrose Estate, estimated to be worth £50m, and now lives off of the income derived from the estate. But he says he will not become complacent. "I don't need to work anymore so I 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."
There are also some regrets about not performing the DNA test earlier. Jordan believes that if Charles had known he had a son, he may have made different choices in the last months of his life and had someone looking out for his well-being. Charles was reportedly malnourished, neglected personal hygiene and rarely changed his clothes in the months leading up to his death. He was also not living in the lavish home but instead sleeping out of his car parked on the estate.
See Emer Scully, Penniless Care Worker, 31, Inherits One of Britain's Finest National Trust Stately Homes, Daily Mail, May 20, 2019.