Prince Charles claims Vlad the Impaler as ancestor

updated 10/27/2011 7:35:59 AM ET


The truth is out: Prince Charles is related to Vlad the Impaler.


The heir to the British throne says he is related to Vlad the Impaler, the cruel 15th-Century Romanian warlord who helped inspire Bram Stoker's 1897 vampire novel "Dracula."

He makes the comments on an upcoming TV show to promote his interest in protecting the forests of Romania's Transylvania region.

Charles says genealogy shows that he is related to Vlad, giving him a stake in the future of Romania. The prince has long worked to conserve the forests and has bought a home in the region.


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Comment by Nikki on August 19, 2012 at 7:27pm

You just never know what you will find when you get deep into genealogy, it's amazing!

Comment by Cryptocurrency on August 19, 2012 at 7:03pm
Comment by Cryptocurrency on November 11, 2011 at 12:41am

Not really Maria. Vlad was exceptionally ruthless and wicked to his own people. He was a pure manifestation of  evil. Textbook psychopath.

Comment by Maria De Wind on November 10, 2011 at 11:17pm

Romanian and Slavic documents starting with 1481 and on portray Vlad as a hero, a true leader, that used harsh yet fair methods to reclaim the country from the corrupt and rich boyars. Moreover, all his military efforts were directed against the Ottoman Empire which explicitly wanted to conquer Wallachia ...


I wonder if a hero like him would be necessary to ban banksters and corrupt politicians from the land ...

Comment by Tim Kelly on October 30, 2011 at 5:55pm

Love the pun "he is related to Vlad, giving him a stake in the future of Romania" 8)


Comment by Nikki on October 30, 2011 at 5:25pm
When you start snooping around the past you find some interesting family secrets, so one should be prepared for the unexpected.
Comment by Cryptocurrency on October 30, 2011 at 3:38pm
Seems like an appropriate place for him. Big surprise he is related to one of the wickedest rulers of history. Would be intereting to see what you find on
Comment by Nikki on October 28, 2011 at 2:12pm
The resemblance is striking.  I wonder if I can find this on! So he bought a home in Romania - well then, he and his wife Cruella should move there and forget about being king someday.  Maybe he will get lost in the forest he's trying to preserve and William will be king - the last king of England.


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