Is the Royal Family descended from a werewolf?
One of the ancestors of the current royal family of England could have been a werewolf? So they would like to believe! But it’s not quite true. The ancestor in question was King George III (aka Mad King George) who reigned as king of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1760 – 1820). Was Mad King George really a werewolf? It is very unlikely. The truth is that he probably really had the medical condition known as porphyria.
As king, George was involved in numerous political conflicts and wars, however despite the upheaval of the times, one of the main things that King George III is remembered for is having gone mad – his mental state was so much in question that he had bouts where he had to wear a straight jacket, and was eventually even known as “Mad King George“. So where does the werewolf connection come into play? The main connection is in regards to the roots of the King’s madness. Many current historians do not believe that George was mad, but rather the theory is that he had a condition known as porphyria.
Porphyria is a medical condition which scientists use to explain the real physical symptoms of people that claim to be werewolves or vampires. In medical terms, the condition causes a buildup of porphyrins in the body which can effect a person’s nervous system and/or skin. In physical terms, symptoms can include adverse reactions to sunlight such as the skin to become very fragile and to blister easily when exposed to the sun, hallucinations, paranoia, excessive hair growth on the face (in places like the forehead), and changes in skin pigmentation. Because these conditions are often described by people that claim to have the symptoms of being a werewolf or vampire, scientists use this disease to explain the exhibited symptoms of humans that claim to be either of these two creatures.
King John of England however was really rumored to have become a werewolf after he died, not just have an odd medical condition…