LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — A 53-year-old man who claims to be a British royal will spend up to five years in a Nevada prison.
Alexander Montagu-Manchester pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in a break-in at a home in July, filing a false police report, and to a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted during a trial, he could have been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
In a rambling statement, Montagu-Manchester blamed the criminal case largely on a troubled marriage. His public defender asked that Montagu-Manchester be released on probation, but Judge Douglas Herndon said the defendant deserved prison. MORE
NOTE: And so it appears that Laura has been spared the agony of being divorced as it is unlikely this will happen if no one stepped in and filled out the paperwork for Alex. In this case she is still the Duchess, although rather more tarnished than previously. She is also likely to have a claim on the monthly stipend extruded by the Trust for the benefit of Alex, unless, again, he had the unprecedented foresight to have this taken care of by some competent individual.
And parole in 14 months is not likely as there were multiple offenses and he continued to stalk at least one of his victims.
So what will Laura do now? I suspect she is going to do all possible to get the money and use the time to either write her story, with major injections of imagination, or save the money and find another cushy spot for herself with another guy.
Time is telling on Laura. Alex, on the other hand, will have time to show his outrage. That should be interesting all around.
And for the decent aristocrats in Britain - it is time to see about removing the title and doing the right thing by Alex's children.