May 28, 2014
The Dukes of Manchester have shamed the aristocracy down the generations, and the present Duke is upholding the ancestral tradition: he is being arraigned in an American court today charged with buying a car with a dud cheque.
This coincides with the sad news that his sister, Lady Emma Montagu, has died aged 48 having undergone a recent lung transplant operation.
Lady Emma was the daughter of Angus, 12th Duke of Manchester, and sister of Alex, the 13th and current Duke.
Upholding tradition: Alex, the 13th and current Duke of Manchester, is being arraigned in an American court today charged with buying a car with a dud cheque. Above, Alex is pictured at his home in California in 2007
Pointedly, no dukes feature in her death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald. Indeed, it might be said that Alex has been erased from history.
Four generations of the Manchester family have ended up behind bars, including Alex, a bigamist who has twice been imprisoned, deported from Canada and divorced from two wives. He now lives in Las Vegas with his third wife, Laura.
His father, Angus, was charged in 1985 with defrauding the NatWest Bank with a female friend who ran an escort agency. Although acquitted on that occasion, he was later jailed for three years in the U.S. for fraud.