The discovery of Richard III burial under the Church of the Grey Friars in Leicester allowed modern techniques to be used to examine what was left behind. The bones showed a severe case of scoliosis and several battle wounds hinting towards the identity. Analysis of his bones concluded that it was a 99.99% chance of them belonging to Richard. Furthermore, we can now conclude due to DNA evidence that Richard had blonde hair and blue eyes, at least in his childhood. It is clear that Richard ate like royalty including eating heron, swan, and fish and drank copious amounts of alcohol (Greenspan).
Further investigation into the match of Richard’s DNA compared to living maternal relatives has concluded that it is possible that Richard III and Henry Tudor could possibly have no rightful claim to the throne. Here’s how: “if John of Gaunt, a son of Edward III, was illegitimate, then his son Henry IV would have no right to the throne, nor would his direct descendants Henry V and Henry VI. The Tudors would also be affected, since their claim to power relied partly on their descent from John of Gaunt. Meanwhile, if Edmund of Langley, another of Edward III’s sons, was illegitimate, then Richard III would have no right to the throne” (Greenspan). Richard III claimed his nephews were illegitimate and now comes to light that it is possible he was even so.
Greenspan, Jesse. “New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 03 Dec. 2014. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.