New evidence has emerged challenging the long-standing belief that the Princes in the Tower, sons of Edward IV, were murdered by their uncle Richard III.
The current theory suggests that instead of being killed, the princes may have escaped imprisonment and fled to Europe.
Philippa Langley, known for discovering Richard’s remains, presents her findings supporting the escape theory, countering the narrative portrayed by Shakespeare.
The Escape Theory:
Langley proposes that the traditionally dismissed claimants to the throne, Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck, were the real princes.
Both attempted unsuccessful coups against Henry VII near the end of the 15th century.
The two royal brothers vanished in 1483 after being taken to the Tower of London.
The human remains identified as the princes and housed in Westminster Abbey were never DNA tested.
European Archives and Witness Statements:
Langley’s evidence includes documents found in European archives, suggesting the princes’ escape and subsequent attempts to invade England.
One document, purportedly a witness statement by Richard, the younger prince, recounts his journey from the Tower to Boulogne-sur-Mer and then to Portugal.
Another document from 1483, bearing the signature of ‘Richard, Duke of York,’ promises payment to Duke Albert of Saxony upon ascending the English throne.
Experts have authenticated these documents as originating from the relevant historical period.
Channel 4 Documentary:
The revelations are part of a Channel 4 documentary titled “The Princes in the Tower: The New Evidence,” set to air on Saturday.
Hosted by Philippa Langley and Rob Rinder, the documentary delves into the controversial theory and presents the documents supporting the princes’ potential escape.
The reconsideration of the Princes in the Tower mystery challenges established historical narratives, inviting a fresh perspective on the fate of Edward IV’s sons.
The Channel 4 documentary promises to shed light on this intriguing historical enigma and the evidence that may reshape our understanding of this centuries-old mystery.