A man who claims to be Britain's Prince Philip's illegitimate child has been accused of cheating tradesmen out of thousands of pounds.

Lord Leitrim moved to the village of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, with his partner Alistair Kerr five months ago, and immediately began renovating his shooting lodge there.

Plumber Keith Scarborough, who worked at his lodge for three months, told Britain's The Daily Mail newspaper: Andrew told me his mother owned a bank and he was waiting for his inheritance which was worth several million

However, local workers claim they were not paid for work they carried out.

A joiner claims he is owed £5,000, a plumber £2,300, a painter and decorator £2,000 and a gardener £250. Even the local tea shop has reportedly been left out of pocket, with its owners saying they are owned £20.

Joiner Brian Popple said: "There's been excuse after excuse. We're getting fed up."

It now looks like Lord Leitrim is not an aristocrat at all - sources claim he is actually an Australian man called Andrew Lee, who has previously gone by the name Lord Battenberg.

In 2005, a builder, his former chauffeur and a Scottish delivery company accused Lord Battenberg of failing to pay £35,000.

Lee has also previously claimed he is Prince Philip's love child, an allegation Buckingham Palace has furiously denied.Plumber Keith Scarborough, who worked at his lodge for three months, told Britain's The Daily Mail newspaper: "Andrew told me his mother owned a bank and he was waiting for his inheritance which was worth several million."He also said because of the credit crunch he had lost £21million. Even if that's the case you'd expect him to have quite a bit left but I haven't had a penny."Lee reportedly bought the Lordship of Craigstown title in the 80s, and began calling himself Lord Andrew of Craigstown.Being lord of the manor does not entitle someone to use the title Lord, but Lee reportedly told the villagers of Woodhall Spa his title was genuine.One said: "Andrew was asked if he was really a lord and he said 'Oh yes, I'm the Earl of Leitrim.'"There was also a drinks reception at their house. The drinks were awful, the canapes were terrible and they claimed to own two Rembrandtsin their "art collection" but they were clearly prints."Lincolnshire police said: "An incident of identity fraud has been reported by this chap Lord Leitrim and Alistair Kerr."

  1. by peter mansfield 03rd May 2011 09:38

    give Lord Andrew our regards and tell him all the guys in FIJI extend a warm welcome for his return

  2. by Type your nameSteve 28th Nov 2011 11:58

    I too look forward to Lord Andrews return to Auatralia.....I will greet him with open arms........

  3. by A good friend 28th Jun 2012 08:03

    I will be in the UK very soon....I look forward to catching up with Andrew. One thing always to remember.....
    Accidents do happen and you can't help bad luck.