The 'REAL heir to the THRONE' & KING of England dies in Australia at 71..!

100th Monkey

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The man who should have been King: Australian forklift driver that historians said was true heir to British throne dies aged 71

  • Mike Hastings, 71, was real-life aristocrat, born the 14th Earl of Loudoun
  • Research suggests his ancestors cheated out of British crown in C15th
An Australian forklift driver who some historians argued was the true heir to the British throne has died in the small New South Wales town he called home.

Mike Hastings, 71, was a real-life Aristocrat, born the 14th earl of Loudoun, who moved to Australia in 1960 in search of adventure.

He made international headlines in 2004 when a Channel Four documentary team conducted extensive research into the monarchy and concluded his ancestors were cheated out of the crown in the 15th century.

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The man who would be King: British-born forklift driver Mike Hastings has died aged 71

Hastings, an avowed republican, died on June 30 and was buried today in Jerilderie, about 465 miles southwest of Sydney, the local Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser reported.

He was a descendant of England's House of York, whose dynastic struggle with the House of Lancaster became known as the Wars of the Roses and was dramatised by William Shakespeare.

The British documentary found documents in France's Rouen Cathedral he believed showed King Edward IV, who ruled with a brief interruption from 1461 to 1483, was illegitimate.
Historian Michael Jones believes that Edward's father Richard of York was fighting the French at Pontoise when he was conceived.

His mother Cecily was 125 miles away at Rouen, allegedly in the amorous arms of an English archer.

If true, the crown should have passed on to Edward's younger brother George, the duke of Clarence, who was a direct ancestor to Hastings.

Hastings showed little interest in pursuing his claim to the monarchy when interviewed by AFP in 2005, citing the intense public scrutiny endured by the royals.

However, he joked that his claim to the crown could prove lucrative if confirmed.


Edward III of England

Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, third son (second son to survive infancy) of Edward III

Philippa Plantagenet, 5th Countess of Ulster, only child of Lionel

Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, first son of Philippa

Anne de Mortimer, first daughter, third line of Roger

Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, only son of Anne

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, third son (second 'legitimate' son) of Richard

Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury, second daughter, fourth line of George

Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montagu, first son of Margaret

Catherine Hastings, first daughter, second line of Henry

George Hastings, 4th Earl of Huntingdon, second son of Catherine

Francis Hastings, first son of George

Henry Hastings, 5th Earl of Huntingdon, only son of FrancisFerdinando Hastings, 6th

Earl of Huntingdon, oldest son of Henry

Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon, only son of FerdinandoGeorge Hastings, 8th Earl of Huntingdon, first son of Theophilus.

Theophilus Hastings, 9th Earl of Huntingdon, second son of Theophilus

Elizabeth Rawdon, 16th Baroness Botreaux, only daughter, second line of Theophilus, 9th Earl

Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, first son of Elizabeth

George Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings, eldest legitimate son of Francis

Edith Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun, first daughter, third line of George

Paulyn Francis Cuthbert Rawdon-Hastings, second son of Edith

Edith Maud Abney-Hastings, 12th Countess of Loudoun, first daughter, third line of Paulyn

Barbara Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, first daughter, second line of Edith

Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun, eldest son of BarbaraSimon Abney-

Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun, elder son of Michael


The REAL Royal family? Mike Hastings and his nearest and dearest, who could all lay claim to the British throne


Claims: King Edward I (left) is said to have been illegitimate, which would have altered the Royal Family tree and made Mike Hastings (right) heir to the throne


Line-up: The current British Royal Family on display during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations last month

He said: 'I reckon I might send Lizzie (Queen Elizabeth II) a bill for back rent. The old girl's family have been living in my bloody castle for the last 500 years.'

His son Simon, who now becomes the 15th earl of Loudoun, also appears in no hurry to try to seize the throne.

'It's something that I'll have to look into in the near future,' he told the Advertiser ahead of his father's funeral.

White Rabbit

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It definitely looks more like how kings and queens are represented in fairytales than the look of the current royalty that we have occupying the English throne. I'm curious as to why they are not interested in challenging?


How many people in the world can actually claim they are heir to the throne? Or put another way how many people would claim it just for the popularity?


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Of course people can "claim" anything they want. But is this guy legit? I think so. I'm not reading all that and watching all the vids, but I can believe the story that the crown was stolen from his family. Stolen by the reptile people. And the fact that he's in Australia, the place where "criminals" were banished to? Makes more and more sense the more you think about it. Just sayin.

Truth Vibrations

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I definitely believe it, it's too bad they're not willing to challenge the royal family, a new moral and ethical royal family in power could make for a better world.


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I definitely believe it, it's too bad they're not willing to challenge the royal family, a new moral and ethical royal family in power could make for a better world.

I don't think it would do any good to challenge them, they'd probably only be slaughtered. They're better off being where they are until other means rid the current ruling family of reptilians.