Duke's son set to run Blenheim, says TV show

THE controversial heir to Blenheim Palace could be set to follow in his father’s footsteps after all.

Charles James Spencer-Churchill, more commonly known as Jamie Blandford, hit headlines for his battle with drug addiction and his excessive lifestyle.

This led to his father, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, attempting to disown him in 1994.

A deal which was reached at the time meant Lord Blandford would, on his father’s death, inherit the title and the right to live in Blenheim Palace but the running of the estate would pass to a group of trustees.

Now the two are reconciled and Lord Blandford is attempting to prove to his 86-year-old father he will be capable of running the 11,500 acre estate which the current Duke has dedicated his life to maintaining.

That’s according to a Channel Four documentary called The Aristocrats which will air on Thursday at 9pm.

Blenheim Palace receives 500,000 visitors each year.

It was the current duke who made the decision to open it up to the public to help pay for the palace.

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1:48pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

If he does take over it will be interesting to see what The Palace and Gardens are like in 20 years time.
If he does take over it will be interesting to see what The Palace and Gardens are like in 20 years time. Pavinder Msvarensy
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8:28am Sat 1 Dec 12

Myron Blatz says...

What's the saying - rags to riches, to rags in three generations? I suppose anyone would promise to have 'reformed' to inherit something like Blenheim, but letting Blandford inerit the 'Family Pile' would seem to be akin to a Labour government being re-elected to bail-out the banks again and let the trade unions back in to dominate the economy - which destroyed the British motor industry and so much more in the 1970s. Better to give a successful Blenheim Palace and Estate as a legacy to the nation and the National Trust, than for the current Duke to throw all his hard work and dedication - and that of the many Staff over the decades - allegedly down the proverbial 'toilet' with someone better-known seemingly for failed promise and indifferent ineptitude. That said, people can and do change - after all, didn't the current Roman Catholic Pope start his own early adult life as a member of the violently anti-jewish, anti-gay, anti-communist and pro-white nazi Hitler Youth?
What's the saying - rags to riches, to rags in three generations? I suppose anyone would promise to have 'reformed' to inherit something like Blenheim, but letting Blandford inerit the 'Family Pile' would seem to be akin to a Labour government being re-elected to bail-out the banks again and let the trade unions back in to dominate the economy - which destroyed the British motor industry and so much more in the 1970s. Better to give a successful Blenheim Palace and Estate as a legacy to the nation and the National Trust, than for the current Duke to throw all his hard work and dedication - and that of the many Staff over the decades - allegedly down the proverbial 'toilet' with someone better-known seemingly for failed promise and indifferent ineptitude. That said, people can and do change - after all, didn't the current Roman Catholic Pope start his own early adult life as a member of the violently anti-jewish, anti-gay, anti-communist and pro-white nazi Hitler Youth? Myron Blatz
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