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Prince Charles in Vlad the Impaler roots visit

By Tony Jones

The Prince of Wales has made a private visit to Transylvania – the famous home of one of his ancestors, a bloodthirsty nobleman said to be the inspiration behind the story of Dracula.

Charles, who is descended from notorious Romanian Vlad the Impaler, toured a medieval church after arriving in Romania.

Vlad, who was also known as Dracula, meaning "son of the dragon", was renowned throughout Europe for his cruelty and for impaling his enemies on stakes.

Charles has a keen interest in Transylvania and has visited it a number of times, most recently in May last year.

He owns a manor house in a remote village in the region, where bears and wolves roam the hills.

Clarence House declined to comment on the private visit.

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