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Ya’ll, Prince Charles Is Related To Dracula & I’m *Ded*

today15 March 2021

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Okay, so Prince Charles isn’t exactly related to the blood-sucking vampire that you see with fangs and stuff.

 

 

But, Prince Charles is related to the 15th-Century Romanian warlord, Vlad Țepeș AKA Vlad the Impaler.

 

 

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In an interview, the heir to the British throne casually dropped this little nugget:

 

“Transylvania is in my blood. The genealogy shows that I’m descended from Vlad the Impaler, you see. So I do have a bit of a stake in the country.” 

 

 

I’m not sure which is more surprising: his punny use of “stake” or the fact that the memes likening the King & Queen of England (aka Prince Charles’ parents) are immortal is not exactly off the mark.

 

 

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Prince Charles’ genealogical tree was contained in a book written by David Hughes, titled ‘The British Chronicles”. In it, we see that Prince Charles is related to Vlad the Impaler through his great grandmother, Mary of Teck, Queen from 1910 until 1936 during the reign of King George V. It is believed that Queen Mary was descended from one of Vlad’s two sons.

 

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Vlad the Impaler is infamously known as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel “Dracula”. In it, the world was introduced to vampires, beings who use their supernatural powers to hunt humans and drink their blood. While Stoker drew inspiration from folktales about the nosferatu (“undead”), Count Dracula himself is said to have been modelled after  Vlad the Impaler, the second son of the nobleman Vlad II Dracul. Vlad took up the name “Dracula”, meaning “son of Dracul”, when he joined the secret order of knights known as the Order of the Dragon. In real life, ‘Dracula’ was well-known for his brutal tactics (including torture, mutilation and mass murder) but especially for his favourite method of execution: impalement, or driving a wooden stake through their bodies and leaving them to die of exposure. At some point, there were even claims that he liked to have his meals while sitting amongst the impaled bodies of his victims and would even go as far as to say that he would dip his bread into their blood.

 

 

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Phew. Well, while he is nothing like Vlad the Impaler, Prince Charles is actually rather fond of Romania -, especially of the Transylvania region. The Prince of Wales Foundation, for example, has active in charity work in Transylvania. Prince Charles is also known to own several properties in Transylvania’s countryside (in Viscri, in the Zalanului Valley, in Malancrav and in Breb). In fact, he’s had so much influence in the region that the mayor of the city of Alba Iulia has proposed to grant Prince Charles the title of Prince of Transylvania as recognition for being a prominent ambassador of the Transylvania region all over the world.

 

 

*Cover image credits: @clarencehouse / Fine Art Images, Heritage-Images

Written by: Marissa Anne


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