Prince Charles says he’s related to original vampire

This Twilight thing is getting out of hand.

Prince Charles: Proud soldier of green causes.

Prince Charles: Proud soldier of green causes armed with a spot of Earl Grey.

The Associated Press reports Prince Charles says he’s related to another famous prince — Vlad the Impaler, progenitor of vampire legend.

Why is the prince so eager to be linked to one of history’s bloodiest figures? Because he’s an environmentalist.

Prince Charles spends a considerable amount of time and money touring the planet promoting various green causes, and by saying he’s related to the hero of Transylvania, he can say he has a vested interest in preserving the forests of Romania.

Charles’ interest in Transylvania, the mountainous interior region of Romania, is not new. Weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, I was in Transylvania and the tiny town of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved Medieval cities in all of Europe, was still abuzz about a visit by Charles, who’d visited to vocally oppose the creation of Dracula Land, a vampire-themed amusement park planned for the outskirts of Vlad’s hometown.

Charles was able to help drive a stake through the heart of that project.

A local pub had a picture of the prince, who has a home in the region, on the wall. He’d allegedly stayed at the hotel upstairs — the same building that Vlad called his boyhood home in the 1400s, according to local lore.

Vlad, unbeknownst to many, is the founding father of modern Romania. He’s a hero there for battling invading Turks and preventing eastern Europe from falling under non-Christian rule. Calling him a vampire is a good way to get punched in Romania.

Irish novelist Bram Stoker chose the remote corner of Europe as the scene of his famous 1897 novel “Dracula.” He never bothered to visit. If he had, he may have gotten impaled on something.

22 comments Add your comment

K-Ster

October 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Hmmm… HRH Charles is not quoted as calling the Vlad dude a vampire. Nice work, AJC, in bending language. Maybe I should just stick with gossip blogs. No difference between them and the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation!

Raoul

October 27th, 2011
2:44 pm

George Mathis: I think you’d find it interesting that I am related to the boogeyman. Hide your wives!

K8

October 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

“Weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, I was there and the tiny town of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved Medieval cities in all of Europe, was still abuzz about a visit by Charles”

How does the first phrase in this sentence relate to the remainder of the sentence? Was something crucial edited? I’m confused … was Mr. Mathis in Iraq and then Sighisoara?

George Mathis

October 27th, 2011
3:16 pm

I have clarified that I was in Transylvania, not Iraq. I did not think anyone would consider Iraqis being abuzz about Charles visiting a well-preserved European city.

jae

October 27th, 2011
3:18 pm

So…what makes Vlad a vampire? At one point he is history’s bloodiest figure and later he is a hero????

Roekest

October 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

jae,

Many of history’s heroes have caused much death: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower…..just to name a few.

We in the West owe Vlad a great deal, although his methods may have been barbaric.

CmdrR

October 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

I believe Mr. Stoker’s work is mostly an attack on the aristocracy, rather than on Vlad. Vlad already has a rep that lent itself to the story. That’s all. The point is: the rich eat the poor. “Occupy Transylvania,” anyone?

UBERSETZER

October 27th, 2011
4:39 pm

JUST REMEMBER THAT THE HEBREW LANGUAGE WORD FOR HOLY SPIRIT IS “WERUCH” AND THAT IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT THE ENGLISH WORD “WEREWOLF” IS SIMILAR.

THE SCRIPTURES WARN AGAINST BLASPHEMIES AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN ONE IS AWARE OF ITS OPERATION.

WE HUMANS HAVE BEEN WARNED IN GOD’S WORD OF THE FOLLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE MIXING OF “SPIRIT”(WHETHER WICKED OR RIGHTEOUS) WITH HUMAN FLESH. SEE THE GREAT FLOOD REVELATION IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND READ THE BOOK OF JUDE FROM THE SCRIPTURES.

Highlander

October 27th, 2011
5:03 pm

“WE HUMANS HAVE BEEN WARNED IN GOD’S WORD OF THE FOLLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE MIXING OF “SPIRIT”(WHETHER WICKED OR RIGHTEOUS) WITH HUMAN FLESH.” – UBERSETZER, 4:39pm

Gee, wasn’t that what the immaculate conception was all about – the mixing of “spirit” and human flesh?

Dude, find your caps lock key and press it! You do realize that with the caps lock on you could not capitalize the Lord’s name, thereby lumping him in with all manner of “mythical gods”.

By the way, I had a hard time not signing this “Alka-Setzer” :lol:

Tutoanana

October 27th, 2011
6:09 pm

Vlad is considered a hero because his troops were far outnumbered by the ottomans (Turks). He and his kingdom wanted to maintain their autonomy. So he decided to try a different strategy–scare the other side. So he rounded up all his enemies, chopped off their heads and impaled them on large poles. Then he placed them on either side of the main road into rumania. He was right. The ottomans were freaked out by what they saw and vlad’s kingdom remained ottoman free.

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Sharde

October 27th, 2011
6:25 pm

Wowsers Prince Chuck is looking old (pic above). He obviously isn’t in Vlad’s bloodline since vampires never age.

Jason

October 27th, 2011
6:34 pm

Better watch out for the vampire slayer, dude. You’re looking a bit old in need of that caffeine to keep you awake. Uh, I meant Prince Charlie.

toomuchhistorychannel

October 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

Tutoanana — The way I heard it, he impaled them alive, heads and all.

bjones

October 27th, 2011
9:54 pm

” Weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, I was in Transylvania and the tiny town of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved Medieval cities in all of Europe, was still abuzz about a visit by Charles, who’d visited to vocally oppose the creation of Dracula Land, a vampire-themed amusement park planned for the outskirts of Vlad’s hometown.”

You may have clarified, but this sentence still doesn’t make sense. It is way too long.

Chappy

October 27th, 2011
10:06 pm

Vlad impaled and hung his victims whole, and while still living.

Vlad is real, Dracula is fiction and the etymology of the “holy spirit” is not similar to werewolf in origins or meanings of any kind.

Personally, I’ve always like ottomans. Especially after a hard days work.

Herb

October 28th, 2011
6:27 am

David Icke was right!

ben potter

October 28th, 2011
8:09 am

That is what america needs to start doing

Celia

November 15th, 2011
1:48 am

Many of history’s heroes have caused much death: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Dwight D. Eisenhower…..just to name a few.
Are you serious? They CAUSED much death? How about Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot? You sound like Obama who loves to belittle the US particularly when he is abroad. Sickening.

Dawn

November 17th, 2011
2:05 am

I have found my family history out and I am related to Prince Charles and the Royal family of England. We are ancestry of Viking Dynasty.. King Canute..very interesting tree we have…

Reinhard Süring

November 24th, 2011
11:11 am

You know my methods. Apply them.

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December 16th, 2011
3:17 am

longs history behind vampires i guess vlad had considered hero of its time.