Since it's Halloween night, I couldn't resist the temptation to write on something seriously creepy yet true. Up until now America's unhealthy obsession with the British royal family has always seemed a tad silly, but finally the reason why we are so mesmerized has just been revealed. If there's one thing that Americans can't get enough of, it's vampires. News just came out that the Prince of Wales can trace his bloodlines back to Vlad the Impaler!
Now there's no proof that either Vlad Dracula (or Prince Charles for that matter) was actually a vampire, but the 14th century Voivode of Wallachia was born in Transylvania and did murder tens of thousands of people. As ruler of Wallachia, Dracula killed rival noblemen, raided villages, impaled settlers, and nailed turbans into Turks' heads. In his war with the Ottomans, Vlad had 10,000 enemy cavalry impaled, snuck into Ottoman camps under disguise, and devastated Bulgaria, leaving more than 23,000 dead in his wake. After his castle was finally seiged, Vlad escaped only to be imprisoned for ten years, until he once again tried to retake Wallachia. Vlad was reportedly assassinated and buried in a monastery near Bucharest, but in true vampire fashion, no body was found when excavators dug up the supposed final resting place of Vlad.
Shockingly, this isn't all bad news for Prince Charles. Instead of distancing himself from his hereditary stake in Transylvania, Prince Charles has been buying vacation homes there and advocated for the preservation of large swaths of Romania' forest land. Saving Europe's quickly vanishing wilderness is certainly a far howl from Vlad's bloodlust, but love for wild Wallachian wolves isn't the only connection the two noblemen share. Could the chilly October air and Transylvanian travels have awakened the darker strains of Prince Charles' genetic makeup?
Additional news regarding Prince Charles' Vlad-like harborings for power has recently come out in the British press. According to a Guardian story, the Prince was offered veto power over at least 12 different bills since 2005. Thanks to a constitutional provision, British royalty retain the right to veto legislation that could impact their private property. However, both the government and Prince Charles have kept the details about his impact on any legistlation a secret. Thankfully, this royal power struggle will most likely be resolved without any of the rampant violence prevalent in Vlad's day. But with Charlie Windsor as the heir apparent to the British throne, Britons have to be a little afraid about their Prince's strange sensitivities to the sunlight of transparency creeping into the castles of modern royalty.