Lord Lucan’s wife cut her three children out of her will and left everything to charity, it emerged last night.
Lady Lucan died alone inside the house where her missing aristocrat husband tried to kill her more than four decades ago.
She had been estranged from her three children – Frances, 52, George, 50, and Camilla, 47 – for more than 30 years and had never met her five grandchildren.
Yesterday, it emerged that she left nothing to her family, instead leaving all her possessions to a homeless charity.
Daughter Camilla Bloch, a QC, told the Daily Mail: “Mummy left her estate to the homeless charity, Shelter.”
The 80-year-old’s body was found by police who forced entry into the property in Belgravia, central London, in September last year after concerns were raised.
Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, had been reported missing by a friend after she failed to appear for her daily walk in Green Park.
Despite their differences, the family paid a warm tribute to the “courageous” and “unforgettable” woman .
In a statement, they said: “Veronica’s children and her sisters are deeply saddened by the news and circumstances of her death.
“Although Veronica severed relations with her family in the 1980s, and continued to decline contact with them right up until her death, all of them remember her lovingly and with admiration.
“She had a sharp mind, and when she spoke it, she did so eloquently.
“She was courageous and, at times, outrageous with a mischievous sense of humour.
“She was, in her day, beautiful and throughout her life fragile and vulnerable, struggling as she did with mental infirmity.
“To us she was and is unforgettable.”
Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see Lord Lucan – the 7th Earl John Bingham – alive before he became the most famous fugitive in the world.
He is alleged to have bludgeoned family nanny Sandra Rivett to death after mistaking her for his estranged wife during a bitter custody battle over their three children in November 1974.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Lady Lucan committed suicide by taking a cocktail of drink and drugs after self-diagnosing herself with Parkinson’s disease.
Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that Lady Lucan wrote in her diary about how to commit suicide if she became frail and had books on assisted dying.
A pathologist concluded she died from respiratory failure caused by a lethal dose of barbiturates and alcohol poisoning.
Lady Lucan, who was born in Uckfield, East Sussex, was worried she had developed Parkinson’s after she noticed a tremor in her right hand, lost her sense of smell, felt tired, anxious and suffered from insomnia, as well as becoming forgetful, the inquest heard.
The hearing, which her daughter Camilla attended, heard how one diary entry on August 5 last year, about six weeks before her death, she listed potential suicide items copied from four suicide books found in her house.
An entry just weeks before she died detailed her suspected symptoms, but she had not been diagnosed by a doctor, the hearing was told.
Her friend David Davies became worried after she had not been seen for two days and missed their regular meeting in St James’ Park.
He went to Belgravia Police Station concerned she had killed herself as the pair had discussed assisted suicide if they had a terminal illness or a degenerative disease .
Police discovered her on the second storey of her news house in night clothes on the dining room floor with an unmarked bottle under her body.
She had visited an Exit meeting on assisted suicide with Mr Davis the previous year and she also complained of having money troubles.
In a written statement David Davies, who had known Lady Lucan for two years, said: “There was nothing in her behaviour to suggest anything was wrong.
“Although she thought she had the onset of Parkinson’s and had a tremor in her right hand and was worried she’d lost her sense of smell.
“We went to an Exit lecture on how to help people with a terminal illness end their lives peacefully and Dignitas was mentioned.
The mystery surrounding Lord Lucan’s disappearance
Lord Lucan – the 7th Earl John Bingham – became the most famous fugitive in the world.
He is alleged to have bludgeoned family nanny Sandra Rivett to death after mistaking her for his estranged wife during a bitter custody battle over their three children.
The wife of John Bingham was one of the last people to see her husband alive before he disappeared on the night of November 7, 1974.
Lady Lucan said at the time of the incident that her husband admitted committing the crime and had said it was a mistake.
It has also been reported that she believes Lucan jumped to his death off a ferry leaving Newhaven, East Sussex.
He was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999 but reported sightings of him continued to be made around the world.
In February 2012, it was claimed Lucan had fled to Africa.
Many theories circulated surrounding his disappearance. One theory was that Lord Lucan had lived his life as a hippy in India until his death.
Some say he was held to ransom by the IRA or shot himself and asked that his remains should be fed to the tigers at the zoo.
“She gave the impression she was hard up and had to watch every penny and complained about interest rates going up.
“We both discussed how to end our lives but only if we developed a degenerative or terminal illness or became reliant on other people.
“But there was nothing to suggest she was considering this and she seemed cheerful the last time I saw her.”
The court heard Lady Lucan had gone through the final edit of her autobiography a month before she died with publisher, Pamela McCleave, which she hoped would come out before Christmas.
Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox recorded a verdict of suicide.
She said: “When I consider the evidence in this case it’s clear that Veronica Mary Lucan has for sometime been considering how she could, if she was to take her own life.
“She attended a seminar in relation to this and she had four books and notes recovered from the scene and hand written notes which appear to be taken from the books.
“It’s clear from her diary entries of July, August September she considered she suffered from Parkinson’s disease, but there is no formal diagnosis and examination of her brain was normal.
“She had met with a publisher and I note she got up from the floor in a spritely way, although she had seemed down.
“There’s no evidence of suffering from a mental illness, although she had complained of anxiety and insomnia, which medication had been prescribed.”
The coroner continued: “Evidence from her diary seemed to suggest she had concerns she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease in the weeks and months leading up to her death.
“She had also selected her final photographs and final edit of her book.
“This was a lady of a regular routine and regularly met with friends on a daily basis in St James’ Park, to have lunch and go to the library.
“Her friend David Davies became very concerned when he hadn’t met her and in the park and went to the police station to report her missing.
“He was insistent at the time he thought she had taken her own life because she had knowledge of methods of suicide. But that said there was nothing to suggest any change in mood in her leading up to this.
“Her lifeless body was found wearing a blue dressing gown, slippers, with a small graze on her forehead.
“The pathologist gave a cause of death due to respiratory failure. This was supported by the congestion of the lungs, as well as barbiturates and alcohol poisoning.
“The level of barbiturates was above the normal therapeutic range and approached a fatal concentration, the effects of which would have been exacerbated by alcohol.
“It’s clear there was nothing to suggest any third party involvement or forced entry or disturbance or disruption.
“When I consider all the evidence there’s evidence of intention with hand written notes detailing concerns about her health. Although there is no suicide note there are diary entries in which she details these thoughts.
“I’m entirely satisfied that suicide is the final conclusion.”
After the hearing her daughter Camilla declined to comment.
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