Wednesday, November 4, 1998 Published at 19:34 GMT
Charles visits 'relative' Dracula's home
The castle where Vlad the Impaler lived
Prince Charles visited myth-steeped Transylvania - amid suggestions that the blood-drinking Dracula may be among his forebears.
There he visited an old people's home in Sibiu, where he was presented with a book of poems written by one of the residents, and a school.
Prince Charles is apparently aware of the potential relationship between his family and Transylvania's most infamous son.
And it is known that porphyria, an iron deficiency, which is thought to lie behind the vampire myth, has run in the Royal Family.
The vampire legend was fed by Vlad's own predilection for eating bread dipped in his victim's blood.
But it wasn't until an author of the Victorian period, Bram Stoker, became interested in the myth of Vlad the Impaler, that Count Dracula was born.
Dracula means "son of the devil" in Romanian.
Prince Charles arrived in Romania on Tuesday
On Thursday, he will visit several charities caring for the elderly and homeless in Bucharest, and he will watch a pantomime at the city's National Theatre.
He is due to leave for Sofia, in Bulgaria, on Friday. The tour also includes the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.