Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Monarchy Infidelity: King Richard III’s DNA Places Doubt On Queen Elizabeth’s Claim To England Throne
Via Inquisitr: DNA extracted from the body of Richard III proves even the Royal Family has some skeletons in the closet. The DNA proves that somewhere in the male lineage of Richard III, infidelity took place. The infidelity could mean that Queen Elizabeth’s right to rule is in question. According to BBC, depending on where in the family tree the infidelity occurred, it could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne or, indeed, on Richard’s. How exactly did the researchers determine that infidelity took place? Their analysis shows that DNA passed down on the maternal side matches that of living relatives, but genetic information passed down on the male side does not. Dr. Turi King from Leicester University, who led the study, spoke at a news briefing to discuss the findings. She said that the lack of a match on the male side was not unexpected because her previous research had shown there was a 1-2% rate of “false paternity” per generation. So which Queen was responsible for producing the “fake” heir to the throne? The Daily Mail notes that there was a break in the male lineage as the wives of one of the men were unfaithful to them. Does royal infidelity surprise you? Does it make a difference if Queen Elizabeth is the “rightful” ruler based on blood, or is there more to the now figurehead role than just blood line?