The aristocrat was revealed to be receiving the state benefit at his latest court appearance over a long-running feud with estate trustees
His privileged background provides him with a title, a stately home and a 4,000-acre country estate.
Yet it appears the Earl of Cardigan is also entitled – courtesy of the taxpayer – to around £71 per week in Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The aristocrat was revealed to be receiving the state benefit at his latest court appearance over a long-running feud with estate trustees.
The 60-year-old earl, full name David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, had been due to stand trial after denying damaging six pheasant feeders worth £66 and the theft of a battery and electrical power unit worth £80.
Pictured below: The Earl of Cardigan's house on the Savernake Estate
The offences were said to have happened at his Savernake Estate, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, which has been in his family for almost 1,000 years.
The troubled aristocrat claims to live there with rain coming in through the roof, no hot water, unsafe electrics and with heating confined to a single room after falling out with trustees in 2007 resulting in a reduced income.
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