Scientists who are studying the genetic profile of the supposed the remains of Richard III was interred after his death in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, have come up with something which could have historical implications. Analysis of the DNA from Richard III has revealed evidence of infidelity in his family.
The incident could have historical implications and depending upon where it occurred in the family tree could put into question the Tudor claim to the English throne or even of Richard’s.
The study has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Scientists are tight lipped about its implications if any on the current Royal Family, as it was still unknown when the break, or breaks, in the lineage occurred.
Scientists had obtained genetic material from the remains found at a former site of a church where Richard was interred after his death in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The analysis of the DNA revealed that DNA passed on the maternal side matches with the DNA of the living relatives but the genetic information passed down on the male side does not. The scientists have solved one historical puzzle- the remains are of Richard III but in the process it had thrown up a new puzzle.
The linking of the body with Richard is pretty strong and infidelity is the most likely explanation.
Dr Turi King from Leicester University, who led the study, said, “If you put all the data together, the evidence is overwhelming that these are the remains of Richard III.”
King feels that the lack of match on the male side is not unexpected because previous research had revealed that there was a 1-2% rate of false paternity per generation. King was speaking at a news briefing at the Wellcome Trust in London.
Instances of female infidelity could have happened in any of the generations which separate Richard III from the 5th Duke of Beaufort (1744-1803). His living descendents provided the samples of the male line DNA which was then compared with the King.