King Charles may be the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, but not only royal status makes him famous. The 73-year-old is said to be a descendant of Count Dracula be – or at least by the man who is said to have inspired writer Bram Stoker to create the vampire: Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century Romanian ruler.
The royal family has ties to several countries in Europe, including Romania. This is where former relatives of King Charles are said to have lived. And none other than Vlad Tepes or Vlad III. Dracula, as he is also known. The ruthless prince made a name for himself with his favorite method of execution: impaling the heads of thousands on stakes in the 15th century. More than 530 years later, in 1998, then-Prince Charles learned of his ties to the Romanian ruler.
Charles is said to be Dracula's 16th great-grandson via George V's consort, Queen Mary. At least that's what the 'Romania Tour Store' website claims. But a family tree written by David Hughes in the book 'The British Chronicles' also confirms this assumption. The website writes: 'It's also no secret that Prince Charles has a high regard for Romania and the Transylvania region in particular. Through the Prince of Wales Foundation, Charles has done a lot of charity work in Transylvania, particularly in the areas of sustainable development, conservation and agricultural systems.”
Because of his commitment, the mayor of the Romanian city of Karlsburg is said to have suggested that Charles be given the title Prince of Transylvania. But there is no official information on this. If Charles really does come from Vlad the Impaler's bloodline, then let's hope he didn't pass on his bloodlust! (lkr)