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King Charles III has a bloodied family tree thanks to a notoriously distant relative.
The newly appointed monarch is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, the 15th-century ruler of the Romanian region of Wallachia, famous for his eponymous method of torture.
Vlad was known to kill his enemies by impaling them on wooden stakes, causing an excruciating death that could sometimes last up to three days. His brutal actions made him the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
According to Romania Tour StoreCharles, 73, is the great-grandson who has been removed from Vlad 16 times, via George V’s consort, Queen Mary.
In fact, the new British king has a long-standing love for Romania, especially for Transylvania, which he first visited in 1998.
He has since bought and restored an 18th-century cottage in the village of Viscri.
He has also done charitable work in the region through the Prince of Wales Foundation, including agricultural systems, sustainable development and conservation efforts.
In 2017, the mayor of the city of Alba Iulia claimed that they had invited Charles to accept the honorary title from Prince of Transylvania for his love and devotion to the region.
But Charles now has his “sausage fingers” full of royal duties as he and his famous family continue to mourn the death of Elizabeth, who passed away on September 8.