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(SNO) – A flamboyant aristocrat and confidant of Princess Margaret is said to have ‘stolen land’ to create his very own ‘love island’.
The late Lord Glenconner was renowned for transforming the Caribbean island of Mustique into a playground for the rich and famous including the likes of Mick Jagger, before later retiring to nearby Saint Lucia with a pet elephant.
After a long legal battle following the death eight years ago of his master Colin Tennant, Saint Lucian Kent Adonai was rewarded with his multi-million-pound fortune.
The wrangling over the estate of Princess Margaret’s old friend began when Lord Glenconner died in 2010, aged 83, and it emerged he had left everything to Adonai.
But the legacy was contested by the aristocrat’s family, who claimed he had not been of sound mind when he rewrote his will.
The case between Lord Glenconner’s grandson and heir to the title, Cody Tennant, 24, and Adonai was settled earlier this month in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
However, it has since emerged that Michael Jacques, a tai chi instructor from South London, is resurrecting his claim to parts of Saint Lucia, which he says was stolen from him 30 years ago by Lord Glenconner.
He is set to challenge Adonai in the courts and has made a public appeal to Cody, from Edinburgh, to make amends for his grandfather by returning his part of the contested plot.
Jacques, a martial arts champion and author, had been running a guesthouse and restaurant in Morne La Croix in Soufriere when he let a house to Lord Glenconner.
He claims that both Tennant and Adonai trashed the four-bedroom home which is now in ruins.
Jacques said: “I curse that family for what Colin Tennant did to me but they now have a chance to do the right thing. They broke windows, doors, the balcony. Items of furniture went missing. The whole place was trashed. I was duped 100 percent. He was grotesque, he was a powerful white man who was worshiped.”
Neither Lady Anne Glenconner, his widow, nor Cody Tenant, could be reached for comment.
Jacques was born in Saint Lucia but left the island as a child. His family is from the Pitons area.
All of Jacques’ struggles with Lord Glenconner is recorded in his book “The Fallen Bud” which was published in 2015 and launched in March 2016 at the St. Lucian High Commission in London.
“Glenconner took my property and kept it for a very long time. I worked hard to get my property back all to no avail as the legal system in St Lucia let me down. They worked against me by taking the late peer’s side from day one. They never gave me a chance,” Jacques said in a 2016 press release to announce the launch of the book about his life in Saint Lucia.