An amateur historian has made startling discoveries that challenge the long-held belief that the Princes in the Tower were murdered by their uncle Richard III. Philippa Langley, known for locating Richard III's remains under a car park, now claims to have found evidence suggesting the princes may have actually escaped and gone into hiding. These findings will be revealed in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary called "The Princes in the Tower: The New Evidence."
According to Langley, Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck, historically dismissed as pretenders to the throne, were in fact the real princes. In the late 15th century, both made unsuccessful attempts to overthrow Henry VII, further supporting her theory. The young princes vanished in 1483 after being confined in the Tower of London.
While human remains found in the 17th century were believed to be those of the princes and transferred to Westminster Abbey, they were never DNA tested. Langley's research centers on documents she found in European archives, including a statement seemingly written by Richard, the youngest of the two princes. The document describes his abduction from the Tower and subsequent journey to Boulogne-sur-Mer, then Portugal.
A separate document from 1483 bearing the signature of 'Richard, Duke of York' refers to promised payments to Duke Albert of Saxony once he landed the English throne. Authentication experts have confirmed the documents as originating from the period in question.
These discoveries present a significant challenge to the prevailing narrative that the Princes in the Tower were slain by Richard III in his effort to gain power. The Channel 4 documentary, hosted by Philippa Langley and Rob Rinder, provides a comprehensive examination of the evidence supporting the theory that the princes may have escaped.
As the historical community reevaluates this controversial chapter, the new evidence raises important questions about King Richard III's role in the fate of the two young royals. With the broadcast of "The Princes in the Tower: The New Evidence," audiences will have the opportunity to delve into this intriguing historical mystery and draw their own conclusions on the fate of the princes in the Tower.