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Vlad the Impaler: Prince Charles a descendant of Dracula?

Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula, is an ancestor of Prince Charles. No this isn't a Halloween trick.

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Vlad the Impaler: Britain's Prince Charles seen at the opening of a new Start-Up Shop in The Mall in Middlesbrough, England, Monday. The Prince of Wales has stated that he is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, commonly known as Dracula.

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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."

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

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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.

On a visit to Romania earlier this year, he called Transylvania a national treasure because of its unspoiled landscape and centuries-old rural farming traditions.