Prince Charles has publicly admitted to being related to Dracula.
HRH Prince Charles appeared on the premiere of the upcoming TV show “Wild Carpathia.” The television show seeks to raise awareness for the Transylvanian Forest of Carpathia, which maintains a traditional Romanian heritage in light of the country’s stampede to modernize.
In the television show premiere, Prince Charles confesses to having relations to Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.
“The genealogy shows that I am descended from Vlad the Impaler,” Prince Charles told TV host Charlie Ottley.
“So I have a bit of a stake in the country,” he added.
Vlad the Impaler was a 15th century Romanian warlord who ruled primarily during the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. He was known for his cruel fighting tactics, including impaling his enemies. Rumor has it he dipped his bread in the blood of his victims.
His patronymic name was “Dracula,” the meaning of which is disputed to be either “dragon,” because his father was a member of the Order of the Dragon, or “son of the devil.”
Irish author Bram Stoker used Vlad the Impaler as inspiration for the character of vampire Count Dracula in his 1897 novel “Dracula.”
According to BBC News, Queen Mary is said to be related to Vlad the Impaler.
“It is known that porphyria, an iron deficiency, which is thought to lie behind the vampire myth, has run in the Royal Family,” added BBC News.
Prince Charles has always advocated his love for Transylvania, once dubbing it a “national treasure” for its untouched natural beauty and antiquity.
Transylvania, although possessing a stagnant economy, has been regarded as a land reminiscent of fairy tales, with sprawling forests, meadows, and medieval cottages dotting the untainted landscape.
Prince Charles also has a retreat property in the Transylvania town of Viscri, which is considered to be the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.