Prince Charles scoops up mystery boy in bear hug during Romania visit

Prince Charles has shown off his caring side on a visit to Romania after giving a boy a bear hug during a guided tour.

The Royal was in Bucharest's historic Old Town learning about its architectural history and his family ties to notorious 15th century Transylvania ruler Vlad the Impaler.

But when he spotted the son of his friend William Blacker, he wrapped his arms around 11-year-old Valentin and smiled in front of the cameras.

Mr Blacker, an architectural conservationist who joined Prince Charles on the tour, said: "He loves my son."

Valentin added: "It's not the first time he's hugged me."

Charles is on a nine-day tour of Europe and as part of the visit stopped in front of a statue of Vlad - who is thought to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula and was famed for impaling his enemies on stakes.

The Prince's bloodline can apparently be traced back to Vlad Dracula, as he was known, who ruled Transylvania briefly during the 15th century and apparently impaled 15,000 Turks on stakes and ate bread dipped in the blood of his victims.

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