It has been claimed that porphyria, an iron deficiency which is thought to lie behind the vampire myth, has run in the Royal Family. - Mother of: Ágnes Kendeffy de Malmoviz (born 1727).The Prince has made no secret of his love for Romania and is believed to travel there frequently. - Mother of: Baron Gregor, Inczédy de Nagy-Várad (died 1816). The Prince himself appears in a video being used to promote the country in which he claims distant kinship with Vlad Tepes, the 15th–century Wallachian ruler on whom the Irish novelist Bram Stoker based his Dracula.“Transylvania is in my blood,” he jokes in an interview first shown on satelite television last year.He can trace his lineage back through his great grandmother Queen Mary, the consort of George V, to Vlad IV, the half brother of the notorious ruler.Another link to the country originated with Princess Marie of Edinburgh, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who went on to marry King Ferdinand 1 of Romania and ruled Romania after the First World War.
“The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country.” The Romanian National Tourist Office is using the video on Youtube and new brochures try and boost UK visitors by more than seven per cent.
The video climaxes with a reference to the Prince of Wales, “who can trace his ancestry back to Romania’s dark and distant past”.
Other literature highlights a short visit by Prince Harry to the country in Easter this year, saying he travelled with Wizz Air, which operates 20 flights a week to four Romanian cities from London Luton Airport.
A spokesman for the Romanian National Tourist Office said the country, which incorporates the region of Transylvania, was looking to use these links with the British Royal Family to increase UK tourists over the coming years.
Maria Iordache, UK director of the organisation, said 118,000 UK tourists visited Romania in 2011. We have experienced a 7 per cent increase in UK visitors in the first quarter, which is traditionally a quiet period for tourists from the UK.For the summer and the autumn the percentage increase will be even better.” According to Royal Highness, a book published in 1982 by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, the former chairman of Debrett’s, the Prince is a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad III.