R-Patz Related to Real Dracula

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Robert Pattinson has been linked to the real life Dracula.

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With all the vampires to keep track of on small and silver screens these days, it seems “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson boasts the most cred – he’s apparently related to the real-life Dracula.

Ancestry.com has linked the 24-year-old British heartthrob to vicious 15th-century Transylvanian leader Vlad III Dracula, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” E! News reported.

Genealogists reportedly tracked the Dracula-Pattinson connection through each person’s relation to the British royal family: Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is a distant uncle of Princes William and Harry, while Pattinson is their distant cousin.

"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," genealogist Anastasia Tyler told E!

For the record, Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer also has Dracula's blood coursing through her veins through her link to the British royals, according to E!

Pattinson is scheduled to hit the red carpet in Los Angeles Thursday for the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”
 

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