Bloody family: Prince Charles descendant to Count Dracula?
Romania is exploiting the kinship between the Prince and the real Dracula – Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler, to attract tourists.
The Romanian National Tourist Office has released a promotional video and brochures, in which it uses the links between the British Royalty and Count Dracula to boost tourism to Transylvania and the rest of the country, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Transylvania is best known as the land of Count Dracula, who in popular fiction drank his victims’ blood and could turn into a bat. Thousands of tourists visit the town of Castle Bran every year to see where the cruel Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler lived. However it is also linked to British Royalty.
“The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country,” Prince Charles said in an interview last year.
In the video the Prince “traces his ancestry back to Romania’s dark and distant past.” He speaks about his kinship with the historical Dracula – Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century ruler of the Wallachian Kingdom, and with the deeds which prompted Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. The Prince says in a book published in 1982 by Sir Iain Moncreiffe he is listed as a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad Tepes.
The promotional material featuring Prince Charles speaking of his relationship to the notorious Romanian ruler was launched at the World Travel Market that kicked off on Monday in London.
“The link to the British Royal Family and the clear fondness the Royal Family has for the country will only help to promote the country across the Commonwealth and particularly in the UK,” The Daily Telegraph quotes Simon Press, from World Travel Market.
General view of Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, in the Carpathian mountains, 200 km (124 miles) north of Bucharest, Romania in this May 19, 2006 file photo. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel)