The folks in charge Romanian tourism are promoting the claim that Prince Charles is descended from Count Dracula in attempt to lure visitors.
Links between the Royal Family and Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century inspiration for the Dracula legend, are being exploited in the hopes that it will trigger more visits from vampire-crazed tourists.
According to reports, Prince Charles appears in a video made by the Romanian National Tourist Office (see below).
“Transylvania is in my blood,” he jokes. “The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country.”
The Romanian National Tourist Office is using the video to try and boost UK visitors by more than seven percent.
The video ends with a reference to the Prince of Wales, “who can trace his ancestry back to Romania’s dark and distant past”.
According to a book published in 1982 by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, the former chairman of Debrett’s, the Prince is a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad III. He can trace his lineage back through his great grandmother Queen Mary, the consort of George V, to Vlad IV, the half-brother of the infamous ruler.
The Prince has also made no secret of his love for Romania and travels there frequently. He even owns a home in Transylvania.
Check out the video of Romania and Prince Charles below:
Here’s the family tree linking Vlad and Prince Charles:
Vlad the Impaler Died 1507
Was the half-brother of Vlad IV, known as Vlad the Monk (1431 - 1495)
Who was the father of Radu IV Prince of Wallachia (1495 – 1508)
The father of Mircea the Shepherd, Prince of Wallachia (1479 - 1560)
The father of Princess Stanca Basarab of Wallachia (1518 - 1601)
The mother of Zamphira Logofat de Szazsebes (died 1602)
The mother of Adam Racz de Galgo (living in 1609)
The father of Peter Racz de Galgo (1583-1672)
The father of Christina Racz de Galgo
The mother of Catherine (Katalin) Kuun de Osdola
The mother of Ágnes Kendeffy de Malmoviz (born 1727)
The mother of Baron Gregor, Inczédy de Nagy-Várad (died 1816)
The father of Baroness Ágnes Inczédy de Nagy-Várad (1788-1856)
The mother of Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812-1841)
The mother of Francis, Duke of Teck (1837–1900)
The father of Princess Mary of Teck, later the Queen consort of King George V (1867-1953)
The mother of George VI (1895 –1952)
The father of Queen Elizabeth II (1926), who was the mother of:
Prince Charles (1948)
What do you think of the reports that the Prince has a bit of vampire in him (even though Vlad wasn’t actually a vampire)?