We all know the story, don’t we? A down-and-out person struggles through life, trying to remain virtuous while also attempting to get ahead.
Suddenly, the individual receives an unexpected windfall and all of his problems more or less disappear. It’s a type of tale that has appeared in old novels and new movies.
It’s also essentially the real life story of Jordan Adlard-Rogers. According to People, 31-year-old Adlard-Rogers grew up in council house.
That’s the British equivalent of public housing. He also struggled with finding employment.
Adlard-Rogers experienced years of barely making ends meet. He also attempted to care for his girlfriend, Katie Hubber, and their young son, Joshua.
Meanwhile, the BBC reported that aristocrat Charles Rogers was living the high life, but it tragically became far too high a life.
Rogers spent four decades battling drug abuse. He eventually passed away in his automobile after overdosing on an opioid substitute.
Adlard-Rogers was very much aware of Rogers’ existence — and of the the striking physical similarities between them. In fact, Adlard-Rogers always suspected that the aristocrat was his father.
He first guessed their relationship at the tender age of 8. Over the years, he attempted to submit a DNA test proving that Rogers was his father.
Sadly, he never managed it until after his death. That test demonstrated that they were father and son.
What does that mean? Well, according to Business Insider, Adlard-Rogers has suddenly found himself the only heir to a $60 million, 1536-acre estate in Cornwall, England.
He has since moved into the ancient property with Hubber and their son. The family has owned the estate since the late 18th century.
Adlard-Rogers has also gone from having no money to never needing to work again. A trust fund provides him with $1,300 per week.
“Charles never actually lived in the estate,” he explained. “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, and his brother was also in line to live in the estate before him. 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.”
Adlard-Rogers told Cornwall Live, “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.”
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