15 Royal Family Conspiracy Theories That Will Rattle You

Some of these are straight up bonkers.

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The obsession with the British royal family is intoxicating and ever-present. And since we live in a world where photos circulate within seconds, rumors often run rampant. Ranging from silly to outright outlandish, these are some of the most ridiculous things people have speculated about the royals throughout history.

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Meghan Markle is a robot.

A video recently circulated showing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the audience of the Britain's Got Talent finale, in which the Duchess of Sussex does not blink or show facial expressions at all.

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The truth.

unpacked and dissected this conspiracy theory — and the Twitter firestorm that accompanied it. (One Twitter user wrote: "Sophia the robot got herself a wig and has infiltrated the royal family.") In truth, the "Meghan and Harry" in the video were actually two audience members wearing masks of the royal couple in an effort to promote Madame Tussads' new Live Figures exhibit.

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Harry married Meghan to gain control over America.

American writer and political critic Greg Pollowitz this November about the revered royal marriage: "Prince Harry's kids will be Americans," he wrote. "What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it's a smart move. They want America back and this is how they'll do it."

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Prince Charles is a vampire.

Some genealogy that Prince Charles is a descendant of 15th-century Romanian prince, Vlad the Impaler — the man who inspired Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula. That would also make Princess Charlotte a vampire; this, at least, we cannot handle.

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The truth.

Vlad the Impaler is famous for impaling so many men on stakes and poles that their bodies covered an entire mountainside. that his apparent relationship to Vlad gives him a claim to Transylvania.

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Queen Elizabeth I was a man.

According to this , as a child, young Lady Elizabeth fell ill and died while playing at her family's lodge in Bisley, England, just hours before her father, King Henry VIII, was scheduled to pay a visit ...

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And was actually a young neighbor boy.

... fearful that the King would behead them, the servants dressed a neighborhood boy as young Elizabeth herself. People say the boy grew up continuing the charade, and that Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe and pledge to virginity during her reign were all tools to hide her true identity as a farm boy.

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Charles and Diana have a secret daughter through IVF.

Some theorists believe that Charles and Diana had a daughter before William — and that she is named Sarah, and lives incognito in a small New England town.

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But a different woman gave birth to her.

that before Diana could marry Charles, the Queen ordered her to undergo fertility tests to verify that she could have children. During the tests, her eggs were fertilized and a doctor secretly stole the embryo and implanted it into his wife.

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Queen Elizabeth II is an extraterrestrial reptile.

Conspiracy theorist and former BBC sports reporter that certain members of the elite — like Queen Elizabeth II — are "Annunaki," a band of reptile humanoids. The lizard-people are world leaders and public figures, and they are responsible, he claims, for 9/11 and the Holocaust. In a captioned "Lizards in Buckingham Palace," Icke claims his theories are backed up "by hard factual information."

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Prince Harry is not Prince Charles' son.

Some speculate that Prince Harry is actually the son of James Hewitt — Diana and James both admitted to having a five-year affair during Diana and Charles' marriage. James is a redhead, like Harry. Charles is not. placed parallel photos of Harry and James alongside each other and they do look a lot alike.

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But Diana is definitely Harry's mom.

However, it seems like Harry gets his looks from Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer — pictured here with Diana.

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Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen,” was not a virgin.

between Queen Elizabeth and her childhood friend, Dudley, ran rampant around England during Elizabeth’s reign. Elizabeth apparently appointed Dudley as "master of the horse," which meant they would have personal daily.

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Princess Diana was pregnant when she died.

Mohamed al-Fayed — father of , Diana's boyfriend at the time of her death — claims that Diana was pregnant with Dodi’s child. Mohamed al-Fayed is an Egyptian Muslim, and claims that the Windsors found that problematic, arranging Diana's death to cover up the pregnancy. That is another rather expensive conspiracy theory (see next slide).

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The royal family planned Diana’s fatal car crash.

that it led to a multi-million pound investigation into the car crash that killed Diana and Dodi. Al-Fayed, millionaire and business owner of Harrods' and Ritz Carlton locations, believed that the car crash was the royal family's ploy to prevent Diana from marrying Dodi, an Egyptian Muslim, and giving birth to his child.

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Queen Elizabeth II is a cannibal.

how the Queen maintained her unrelenting youthful energy. The explanation? She must have human flesh and blood running through her body.

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A surrogate gave birth to Princess Charlotte.

Some theorists and that Kate must have used a surrogate, because she looked too good leaving the hospital to have just delivered a baby herself.

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King Edward VII's son was Jack the Ripper.

Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria and son of King Edward VII, was "Jack the Ripper" — the anonymous and infamous serial killer who committed five murders in London in 1888. Jack the Ripper's victims were often impoverished female prostitutes, and writers and researchers continue to investigate his identity. Some suspect Prince Albert Victor committed the murderers in sporadic, illness-induced bouts of violence.

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Diana feared Prince Charles was arranging a fatal car accident to kill her.

to former butler Paul Burrell apparently implies that Diana suspected her husband was planning to kill her — with an "accident in my car," with "brake failure" and "serious head injury" — so that he could marry someone else. She wrote the letter ten months before she died in the Paris car crash.

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Or that the letter was forged.

Several have released photos of the handwritten letter. Yes, it does say "my husband is planning an 'accident' in my car." , however, that Burrell likely forged the letter himself.

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Queen Elizabeth I wrote all of Shakespeare's plays.

Unlike most women at the time, Queen Elizabeth received a formal, extensive education, and her insider understanding of royal life meant she could have written the plays credited to Shakespeare. There is little evidence for this, but it would be fantastic.

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