Prince Charles is claiming that he’s related to Dracula.
“The genealogy shows that I am descended from Vlad the Impaler,” Charles said.
Vlad the Impaler was also known as Dracula, which means son of the dragon (dracul) in the Romanian dialect of the time. Vlad’s father was a member of the Order of the Dragon.
Vlad, 15th-Century Romanian warlord, also inspired the 1897 novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
The heir to the British throne was making the connection during an interview that will air as part of an upcoming TV show to promote the preservation of forests in Romania’s Transylvania region. “So I have a bit of a stake in the country,” the prince said.
Charles, who owns a home in the region, has said Transylvania’s pristine landscapes and rural farming traditions make it a national treasure.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.