The £180m prodigal son: The final rehabilitation as Duke of Marlborough is named in his father’s will after bitter court battle over his inheritance
- The 11th Duke drew up his will just eight months before he died in October
- He left a large part of his estate in trust, divided between his surviving kids
- Despite past drug addiction, divorce and jail term, son Jamie was included
- In 1994, father and son went to court as 11th Duke tried to disinherit Jamie
Published: 22:58 BST, 11 July 2015 | Updated: 12:27 BST, 12 July 2015
Troubled by drug addiction, divorce and a jail term, the Marquess of Blandford was once the black sheep of his aristocratic family, embroiled in a bitter court battle with his father over his inheritance of the magnificent Blenheim Palace.
But now the new Duke of Marlborough has been named as a major beneficiary of his father’s £36 million estate – a conclusive sign of a reconciliation that would once have seemed unthinkable.
His father, the 11th Duke, drew up his will just eight months before his death last October at the age of 88.
It leaves a large part of his personal estate in trust, with the income and capital divided between his surviving children, including his once-wayward eldest son, best known as Jamie Blandford.
Inheritance battle: The Marquess of Blandford was once the black sheep of his aristocratic family, but has now been named as a major beneficiary of his father’s £36million estate after a bitter court battle over his inheritance of Blenheim Palace (pictured)
Wayward: The eldest son and 12th Duke of Marlborough, Jamie Blandford pictured with his second wife Edla in 2002. In an affectionate personal gesture, the late Duke, Jamie’s father, also left his son his salmon and trout fishing rights on the River Tweed