(HMG) – Turns out heartthrob actor Robert Pattinson doesn’t just play a vampire on the big screen, he was related to the man who inspired the main character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Researchers at Ancestry.com discovered that Pattinson and the Transylvanian leader Vlad the Impaler (real name: Vlad III Dracula) are connected through their relationship to the British royal family. Prince William and Prince Harry are Pattinson’s distant cousins and Vlad the Impaler was their distant uncle. Also connected to the prince’s lineage and therefore to Dracula, is Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series. Per Wikipedia, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (November 25, 1431 – December 18, 1476), more commonly known as the Impaler or Dracula, was a three-time voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462. Historically, Vlad is best known for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies.
“Tracing Pattinson’s family back to Vlad was difficult research,” said Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist at Ancestry.com. “Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson’s life – making his story just as supernatural as the one he’s playing on screen.”
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Robert Pattinson related to historical figure who inspired Dracula novel