The devastated sister of George Best has told of her sadness over accusations by her nephew Calum that she has “pawned” the footballer’s legacy.
Barbara McNarry, who was named as the primary beneficiary of Best’s estate, said she was “heartbroken” about the feud that has torn the family apart.
She was speaking after Best’s son Calum accused her of selling off his “birthright” to “random strangers” following an auction of memorabilia and trophies belonging to the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland star who died five years ago.
The auction at Bonham’s in Chester saw lots, including Best’s 1968 European Cup winners’ medal and his 2002 BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, go under the hammer. The sale raised almost £200,000, which Mrs McNarry said would help pay off all Best’s debts and avoid insolvency.
Calum, who was left a £75,000 Jean Lassel watch in his father’s will, said that while he treasured the memento, he felt he had been denied his birthright.
And he told the Daily Mail that he is planning to take the matter to court to fight for a greater share in his father’s legacy.
“I feel powerless, neglected, absolutely devastated,” he said. “I’m George Best’s only childline, his bloodline. They should have been my legacy to pass on to my future children.”
But Mrs McNarry said that, while she could not go into the intricate details of her brother’s will, the auction had taken place at the insistence of the will’s executor.
“It is with profound sadness and regret that I read the recent article in the Daily Mail based on Calum's comments,” she told the Belfast Telegraph.
“To be accused of ‘pawning my brother's legacy’ is inaccurate, offensive and heartbreaking.”