King of Rwanda lives in Greater Manchester housing estate

Emmanuel Bushayija - the new King of Rwanda Credit: MEN Syndication

A dad-of-three living on a housing estate in Greater Manchester has been named the new King of Rwanda.

Emmanuel Bushayija was unveiled as heir to the East African country’s throne in an official statement this week.

The 56-year-old’s accession to King Yuhi VI comes after the death of his uncle King Kigeli V three months ago, aged 80.

The new king, who runs a security company, was exiled along with his uncle and the rest of the royal family, as well as tens of thousands of others.

Mr Bushayija moved to Uganda where eventually he got a job working for Pepsi Cola.

He now runs his own security firm and lives there with is wife and three children, two grown-up boys and a young girl.

Lingfield Avenue in Sale Credit: Google maps

Mr Bushayija, 55, lives in a modest but well-kept £130,000 three-bed home in a quiet corner of Lingfield Avenue in a part of Sale known as ‘The Racecourse’ estate.

He has lived at the terraced home - which has a clean and well-kept garden - for about seven years although the majority of his neighbours had no idea he was royalty.

There are no airs and graces, and he is said to enjoy a pint at his local pub.

However, he kept his lineage a secret from almost everyone and only a few knew he was a prince and the story that he had become king was news to most of his shocked neighbours.

Next-door neighbour Clare Dwan, 35, said: “We had no clue we were living next door to royalty until a reporter knocked on our door and told us. One of the neighbours knew he had been a prince but that was it. Obviously, the whole square is talking about it now.”

So was there any bowing or courtseying?

“No. He’s not royalty here. He’s royalty over there. And he’s not like that anyway. It’s not like he wants any speciai treatment or anything like that,” said Clare.

Other neighbours described how the Royal neighbour appeared to be a down-to-earth but hardworking dad.