Richard III’s Bones Provide Evidence of Royal Family Adultery

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Leicester, United Kingdom. 4th February 2013 -- Human remains found in trench one of the Grey Friars dig. Images used with consent from the University of Leicester. -- King Richard the III is the last King of England to have died in battle. He died in the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485. University of Leicester excavated the human remains and claim that DNA tests have proven positive for the King.
Photo: University of Leicester/Demotix/Corbis

In a twist that suggests The Tudors was more accurate than we thought, researchers say analysis of Richard III’s bones shows adultery broke the bloodline in the British royal family. According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, DNA testing provided “overwhelming evidence” that the skeleton found under a Leicester parking lot in 2012 belongs to the 15th-century king. His DNA was a perfect match for samples taken from a living maternal relative, but there was no match on his father’s side.

It’s unclear where the break occurred, but the finding means the entire Tudor dynasty, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, may be technically illegitimate. The current royals are also related to the Tudors, but study co-author Kevin Schurer said, “We are not in any way indicating that Her Majesty (Elizabeth II) shouldn’t be on the throne.” Not surprising, considering he’s studying the remains of a guy killed in a battle over royal succession.

Richard III’s Bones Point to Royal Adultery