King Charles is believed to be a descendant of the ‘real-life’ Dracula.
The former Prince of Wales is said to own several properties in Transylvania and according to Romania Tour Store, is heir to Vlad the Impaler’s bloodline.
Vlad III Dracula is well-known in folklore as being particularly cruel towards his enemies and, of course, impaling them. He was the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s famous Count Dracula character.
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350 years after a 1462 battle that saw Vlad leave a field of thousands of impaled victims, King Charles found out about his link to the infamous Romanian leader in 1998.
According to reports, he is the great-grandson of Vlad the Impaler, albeit 16 times removed, via the consort of King George V, Queen Mary. A family lineage featured in ‘The British Chronicles’ by David Hughes backs this up.
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The website states: “It’s also no secret that Prince Charles is very fond of Romania, especially of the Transylvania region. It was after his first visit to Transylvania in 1998 that he found out about his connection to Vlad the Impaler, a connection that he is apparently very proud of.
“Through the Prince of Wales Foundation, Prince Charles has done plenty of charity work in Transylvania, especially in the fields of sustainable development, conservation, and farming systems.
“Because of his strong involvement in the region, 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.”
According to the tourism website, King Charles now owns a number of Romanian properties, in Breb, Malancrav, Viscri and Zalanului Valley – which has seen these areas become popular with holidaymakers.
The website adds: “The tiny hamlet of Zalán Valley (Zalánpatak in Hungarian, Valea Zălanului in Romanian) was first documented in the 16th century as belonging to Bálint (Valentin) Kálnoky of Kőröspatak, one of the Transylvanian ancestors of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
“The family had originally founded a glass factory in this part of the hills, which has since ceased to exist. Today, around 120 inhabitants live in the village.
“Prince Charles owns the property that had been built for the former ‘judge’ who was overseeing the glassworks and the village. It is composed of several buildings, and has a patch of forest and extensive flower meadows, with mineral springs and small brooks belonging to it.”
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