Her dog got 7 residences, over 40 cars, and a 120-ft long yacht.
A woman whose six children didn’t visit for the last five years of her life decided to bequeath the totality of her possessions of an estimated worth of $1,635M to her dog, a 3-year old Jack Russell named Rufus.
Barbara Smith, who inherited more than 1.4B$ from her late husband in 2009, died from a breast cancer in October. Her six children had been waiting for weeks to hear from her notary about her will and their possible heirlooms and finally decided to contact him.
They learned that their mother had bequeathed the totality of her possessions to her pet dog, including 7 residences, over 40 cars, and a 120-ft long yacht.
Ms. Smith even specifically indicated in her will that everything was to be “burned to the ground if ⌈her⌉ selfish and useless children tried to contest ⌈her⌉ will and obtain it”.
Robert Smith, the oldest of the six siblings, says their mother was clearly irrational when she prepared her will and that they are actually considering their legal options.
“Leaving that much money to a dog is simply ridiculous, and I really doubt the executor could order everything to be burned down.”
He says his mother was mean, malicious and simply unbearable, and that her will is just another proof of her cruelty.
“We stopped visiting because the old hag was purely evil. She enjoyed making people miserable when she was alive and she decided to continue after her death.”
Apparently, the strange Royal tradition dates back to the early 1900s
This is one odd tradition!
It turns out the Royal family has made a tradition out of monitoring their weight during the holidays. Since Meghan Markle and her mom Doria Ragland will be celebrating with the Royals this year, they may have to take part in the strange tradition of getting weighed before and after Christmas dinner.
According to Royal experts, the traditional weighing has been a thing since as far back as King Edward VII’s reign (that’s from 1901 to 1910). The King at the time was apparently worried that people weren’t eating enough on Christmas… While it’s nice that he was so concerned about his family, it sounds a little stressful given that the Royals have around three big Christmas day meals nowadays.
As if it wasn’t stressful enough to mingle with in-laws during the holidays, remember that this will be Meghan and Doria’s first Christmas with the Royals, too… which makes the whole thing even more awkward. But since the weighing isn’t necessarily required, as in it’s not an actual law or anything, who knows whether they’ll have to take part or not.