The Ghost of Henry VIII’s Daughter, Princess Caroline?

Posted By on September 5, 2011

I’ve been inundated recently with emails regarding a video of a ghost at Leeds Castle said to be that of Princess Caroline, daughter of Henry VIII, who died in suspicious circumstances at the age of 13 months.

Tommyrot, poppycock, piffle, claptrap, baloney, moonshine and rubbish! Even if I believed in ghosts (which I won’t do unless I see one!), this is complete nonsense because “Princess Caroline” did not exist! How can you have a ghost of a person who never lived, never mind died?

Here is the video:-

If you have read my article “The Pregnancies of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn”, you will know that there is only evidence for Catherine having had six pregnancies:-

  1. 31st January 1510 – A stillborn daughter
  2. 1st January 1511 – Birth of a son, Henry, who died on 22nd February at just 52 days old
  3. 17th September 1513 – Birth of a son who was either stillborn or who did not survive long
  4. November 1514 – A stillborn son, or one who did not survive very long
  5. 18th February 1516 – Birth of a daughter, Mary, the future Mary I.
  6. 10th November 1518 – Birth of a stillborn daughter.

Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, had one living daughter, Elizabeth I, and two miscarriages, and Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, died shortly after giving birth to a surviving son, the future Edward VI. Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr did not have any children with Henry VIII. So, no Princess Caroline, I’m afraid. Next, we’ll be reading that Henry VIII murdered her and then covered it up, hence the absence in the records of a Princess Caroline! Ha!

The video of this ghost, which isn’t very convincing anyway, gives the following information at the start:-

“Leeds Castle, England is said to be haunted by King Henry VIII’s little daughter, the Princess Caroline, who died suddenly at the age of 13 months from a controversial wound to the head while playing in her royal bedroom.”

Rubbish! The castle isn’t even said to be haunted by a little girl, the castle ghost is actually a big black dog!

I’m sorry if I have disappointed lots of people and I’m sorry if I cannot take this video or ghost seriously, but I’m committed to educating people about the truth about this period in history and this just doesn’t cut it.

51 thoughts on “The Ghost of Henry VIII’s Daughter, Princess Caroline?”

  1. Katherine V. says:

    Very well said. I love thiss site, very imformative and interesting. Keep up the good work 😀

  2. Bess Chilver says:

    I think this is just someone messing around with their new toy (video camera) and making up a totally fake story.

    Sadly, too many people are prepared to believe what they see on video or photo! Just need to look at the stupid comments on the youtube page.
    One is never going to educate them. They are rather like the dwarves in CS Lewis’ “The Last Battle” who went through the stable door but because they refused to believe, they didn’t see they were actually in Aslan’s Country. So they never saw anything except a dirty stable.

    1. Bess Chilver says:

      Apropos of nothing, the name “Caroline” is not used pre 17th century! So, its definitely piffle and twaddle and total utter rubbish.

      1. TinaII2None says:

        I was just about to say the same thing. The second I saw the headline in Claire’s article I went “Caroline’s not a Tudor era name.” So these idiots couldn’t even come up with a name like Anne, Margaret, Jane, Cecily, Elizabeth, Katherine or any of the other names that would have been typical of the time period. So the whole thing started out with a lack of research! LOL

        I was at Leeds Castle in 2009 and I don’t remember anything about this make-believe princess. I saw the chamber that belonged to Katherine of Valois (even sneaked a non-flash picture) but none of the guides mentioned some baby ghost. Haven’t looked at the video yet but I need a good laugh.

        And on a serious note, I’ve only heard mention of three juvenile ghosts supposedly haunting England: Katherine Parr’s poor little girl and of course The Two Princes.

        1. Suzanne Trecallion says:

          Hadn’t heard that Kat Parr’s daughter,wasn’t her name Mary?was seen as a spirit though hv heard Katherine has been seen.Poor lady,what a sad life she had.

  3. Diane Wilshere says:

    This sounds suspiciously like that story that alleged that Elizabeth died and was replaced by a boy. It was in a tv “documentary” and the village that claimed the tale found a child’s coffin in their church yard that supposedly proved it. Also, Caroline is not a royal English name in the 16th century

    1. Annette Hulett says:

      Hi Diane,
      I have just read your comments and found it very interesting. The reason for this is because I watched a programme about Elizabeth 1st dying and being replaced by a boy. At first I thought it was rubbish, until I saw his death mask. I say HIS because that it what it is a………!
      You can even see his Adams Apple now whereas when he was alive he always wore a ruff to hide it.
      I am afraid I do not know how to send you this picture I wish I did.
      If you don’t mind I could send it to you in an email, but that is all I know how to do it.

      1. Claire says:

        But a death mask of Elizabeth I was not made.

      2. Averil White says:

        I’m sorry this is old, but I just had to send you the link to this page:

  4. Jen says:

    Smells like fish to me…

  5. Jenny says:

    I have been to Leeds and I don’t remember that and if I had heard it I would have said something. My best friend and college roommate was with me and even though it was April and we were wearing wool coats it was freezing! My poor friend gets the rundown of history from me everywhere we go, including where the tour guide is wrong or what they have left out. They did mention something about Anne Boleyn staying there once during our tour. You can get a really good scone and clotted cream breakfast there too!

  6. miladyblue says:

    This is what happens when you watch The Other Boleyn Girl and think that you know a thing or two about Henry VIII.

  7. Ingrid says:

    I laughted with the video and music ;D

  8. TinaII2None says:

    Okay I’m back and WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT? First we get the Blair Witch Project jerky cam…then I thought “Oh there she is,” and realized it was a goose or duck. 😀 And while I don’t remember those stairsl — how did this person get such access that they were able to set up a camera in this so-called princesses room which wasn’t on my tour. I saw the alleged apparition before they put the red circle in place, but I’m thinking it’s something reflecting off something else. Reminds me of that YouTube video someone shot of Anne Boleyn. It was 5 minutes of a camera pointing at some trees with the moon shining through them and…sorry but Anne did not make an appearance. Just some wind blowing through the trees and the moon. (Although I’m sure the creator of that video will swear that Anne was in the breeze LOL)

    1. Claire says:

      Yes, I wondered where they were going with the goose, I did wonder if perhaps it was going to be possessed!! It’s all ridiculous but I’ve had so many people contact me that it’s obviously being discussed on paranormal forums or something. I just loved the one website that calls Henry King Henry XIII!

      1. Bess Chilver says:

        Clearly we have lost 5 King Henry’s since Old Hal popped his socks!

        1. Claire says:

          Obviously there has been a conspiracy somewhere to stop us realising that we have lost these kings! I thought it was bad that Queen Jane was not on my son’s “Monarchs of England” ruler but to miss these 5 Henrys too!!

        2. Anyanka says:

          To lose one King Henry is a tragedy, to lose five looks like carelessness.

          Apologies to Oscar Wilde.

      2. TinaII2None says:

        Oh Lord I saw that too about Henry XIII, but I was laughing so hard I couldn’t even manage to post anything. At first I thought I was half-sleep when I was counting the numerals, but then I realized…uh…nope. LOL Yes, the goose was…odd. As boring as that video was, I could have enjoyed the goose being possessed. “Whoooooooooooooo….I’m Princess Caroline. Whooooooooo. My father was Henry XIII and my mother was the Grand Duchess Anastasia.”

        Claire — did give your forums a thumbs-up on two of the YouTube videos — told them that if they wanted accuracy in Tudor history, check out the AB Forum and The Elizabeth Files. I’m just grateful there are some true history buffs out there as a few posters were saying what we are here.

  9. Shoshana says:

    Now, Claire, don’t hold back – tell us how you REALLY feel about this ghost story!!

    LOL – it is so funny that so many will take that video as proof that ghost exists. When I was in high school, UFO’s were the big fad at the time. This is prior to Close Encounters and other movies. A friend took a frisbee and doctored it up to look like a space ship. He sent it flying through the air while another firend took photos with stop action film (the kind they use when photgraphing sports events so they can get action shots). The photos looked real; just as if the “space ship” truly was hovering over his house! In fact, they looked so real, someone at school stole a couple and mailed them to the near by Air Force base and a couple of officers were sent out to investigate! That’s when it came out they were fake.

    This is just another example of a prank carried too far, just like this video. Remember the famous photo of the Loch Ness monster? In the early 90’s a man confessed on his death bed that he had faked that phot and yet it is still used as absolute proof that the Loch Ness monster exists. Well, at least we can get a laugh out of it all.

  10. Bella says:

    That’s a ghost? More like a spot of condensation on a window if you ask me! And Princess Caroline?! Is that even a name that was in use in England in the 16th century? And if Henry had a daughter who died young from a “controversial head wound” I’m pretty sure there would have been records somewhere on THAT subject.
    As Charlie Brown would say – ‘good grief!’

    1. Matterhorn says:

      Yes, and why would anyone murder an obscure infant princess anyway, rather than someone of greater political significance, like the King, the Queen or Princess Mary– or one of the short-lived sons in the family? Hmm…now there we could get some rumors of foul play going…;) What about videos of the ghost of little Prince Henry haunting various castles? Who knows, maybe his death was all part of a long-range, dark conspiracy to get Henry to divorce Catherine and break with the Catholic Church;-))

  11. lisaannejane says:

    I could not make out anything except a blob that sort of moved. Is this a test to see if you need better glasses?

  12. myhrr says:

    looks like the dancing baby video transposed onto leeds castle video….ZZZZZZZ(

    1. Emmi says:

      I knew I recognised that movement!

      At first I thought, because it looked like the camera had been set up against an outside window, looking in, that it was a reflection of someone playing outside. But it IS the dancing baby thing! My sister made me watch that fifty times a day when we got our first computer, I’d recognise it anywhere.

      Frankly, I wouldn’t trust any video in which the camera-person is heard to say ‘lets see if we can find some ghoooooosts’. And if you can’t get your research right (find a real name and an actual dead baby to pin it on) or learn basic spelling and grammar rules (little princesses room would be a room of little princesses, not the room of one little princess) then you aren’t going to fool anyone with any brains.

      Unfortunately, most people don’t seem to want to use their brains when looking at things like this.

  13. Annie says:

    *snickers* If you look closely enough you can see that the “ghost” baby is wearing a diaper not exactly something you’d see on a child born before the 19th century. Babies in that time wore the cloth nappies I believe not a diaper that’s fitted around their legs like a huggies or pampers diaper.

  14. Anne fan says:

    Like Bess, Tina and Diane my immediate reaction was that Caroline was not a name used in England in Tudor times, I think the first recorded use was George II’s queen, Caroline of Ansbach who married in 1705, arrived in Britain in 1714 as Princess of Wales when her father-in-law succeeded to the throne and became queen consort in 1727. Whenever it started getting popular it was at least 150 years after Henry!

    But then I watched the video and couldn’t see anything, even in the slow-mo repeat. Judging by the other comments I haven’t missed much!

  15. Dawn says:

    Yawn!!! when are folks going to stop messing around with history, it is becoming Boring!
    Tudor history is spicy enough with out having to add the extra royal illegitamate child here and there. And how daft do these amatuer ‘video camera’ people think we are….
    I would laugh my socks off if I wasn’t so bored with it all. Nit-wits the lot of them.

    1. Dawn says:

      P.S. You list Katherine of Aragon of having six pregnancies, now I have read (I known,I know, you can’t believe everything you read), thats why I am asking you, did she have miscarriages inbetween, I have read as many as 6, don’t ask which book but it was many many years ago, as a teen, and my brain is like a sponge, retains little, leaks alot, lol 🙂

  16. Taryn Curry says:

    You may all think it’s complete rubbish, but I love ghost stories. I looked up Tudor ghost stories for hours before I visited England, I was even slightly disappointed I didn’t get to see one 🙁 haha. Even if it’s not this “Princess Caroline” it could be some ghost of a child maybe. The ghost hunters may have identified the wrong girl, but the apparation is pretty clear (though I always have a little but of doubt that the video is real).

    1. Dawn says:

      Oh I love ghost stories too, (even watched Most Haunted, enjoyed the one at Hever, seeing it at night) have seen a ghost myself stood next to me as clear as day, when I was in bed, I think whats rattled me most about this is saying its another ‘love child’ of Henry’s which is the most rediculous part of it, then adding the silly music, and saying ‘lets go and find some ghosts, as if they are there to command if it was pukka they are making harder for people to believe, and seem as though its a set up. happy Ghost Hunting 🙂

  17. DeAnn says:

    Caroline became a popular name in honor of Charles II. (or maybe Charles I). It is a take on the Latin form of Charles. Whether for Charles I, Charles II, or both Caroline wasn’t a name used until well after 1547.

  18. David says:

    Thank you once again Claire in your quest to bring forth only the truth about King Henry VIII and his wives, especially, Anne, the truth of history involving these people. I am afraid that some think more of their purse than the characters who played out their historic roles in these places……I never heard of a Princess Caroline, daughter to Henry VIII…Hummmmm, what else is going to come to light…I fear your quest for truth will be forever challenged.

  19. Linda says:

    And as a photographer I can tell you that it was a) Filmed in broad daylight (you can see the light glaze on the glass on the right) and b) that ghost is actually the reflection of someone within range of the window, probably around 17 to 20 feet from the window. It’s laughable when you watch it. 🙂

  20. Hayley James says:

    I don’t think Caroline was even a popular English Tudor name! Usually Royal Children were honoured either with the name a current Royal relative /ancestor or else someone whose qualities the parents admired, such as a saint.

    I have loved Leeds castle since I first visited it as a child. I was always into ‘ghost stories’ too, so whenever I went to any castle or stately home my first question to Guides or Staff was ‘Is it haunted? . I don’t know who has started this Princess Caroline lark but I can tell you that the people best qualified to know never mentioned her then or on the occasions since. She is probably just a recent invention to boost admission fees and gift shop takings.

  21. u dont need to know my name...stalker says:

    ok i belive in this because i belive in this kind of stuff but some of you guys are saying that its not a royal name i agree with you its not royal but who really knows her real name this was nearly what 400 years ago ok i might be exaggeratting but still until someone finds a grave in england with the name caroline on it from the time she was born and died we wont no her real name unless there is a grave i dont know cuz ive never been to englad but i guess theres not since you guys are saying it wasnt a royal england name back the but there so stop complaing about it plus what else could that be? dont answer that i will not be on this site again probably 🙂

  22. sabrina says:

    She was the daughter of Ann bolyen

    1. Claire says:

      Anne had one daughter, Elizabeth I, she didn’t have another child.

    2. BLAH BLAH says:

      Anne boleyn had a child called caroline?

  23. machen dave says:

    I saw this”video” posted on a paranormal site and have tried to set the record straight.
    I did know about Elizibeth “Bessie” Blount,
    “On 15 June 1519, Blount bore the King an illegitimate son who was named Henry FitzRoy, and who was later made the Duke of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham”.

  24. Susie O says:

    I only just came across this site while googling about this and wanted to point out that the ‘ghost’ animation used in this video is the same animation use in another ‘ghost’ video done by the same person. So it’s fake of course (I believe in ghosts though!!)

    1. Carol Ann Napolitano says:

      Couldn’t of said it better, although, people are saying there was no daughter, if this was real, you really can’t tell if it a boy or girl. It doesn’t look like a big black dog, as one person put it. I like the way you said it’s fake but you do believe in ghost, once you’ve seen something you can’t explain, or know someone who has, you will be a believer. This looks like a blurry real life baby getting up off the floor. But I’m sure there were babies in the castle at one time. Thanks for clearing that up, they usually use the same ghost? over again. Thanks.

  25. BLAH BLAH says:

    Wow. I wonder what Henry’s reaction to this nonsense would be 😀

  26. Renne says:

    Just wondering if there is any documentation as to how many illegitimate children good old King Henry VIII had. And by whom?

  27. Martina says:

    No I am super happy that you stated the TRUTH here ! I am a huge Henry the 8th aficionado…anything that I can read or watch on Henry and his wives and children I do and when I saw this video on youtube by a guy that sd daughter of Henry the 8th princess Caroline haunting leads castle I about lost it! i was JUSt like you BULL^%$#! poppycock !! and alll the other words you used ! lol it is a plain outright lie! so glad to see you put it to everyone straight! thank you ! . It really messed with my head! I immediately was like NO there was never a child by that name and I started going through all of the children .. fitzroy.. mary elizabeth and Edward. Never a Caroline.. thank you again

  28. Ann Nichols says:

    I like the fact that the fake video’s title is so mangled that it’s actually claiming that the person who still walks around her room is the daughter of some ghosts who belonged to King Henry III.

    If I wanted to be particularly silly, I could claim that the title implies this is a living person who was fathered by and given birth to by ghosts who belonged to King Henry VIII while he lived, and this daughter won’t stop pacing in her room.

  29. Caroline says:

    If it is true … you will never find out …. prehaps a servants child . A threat to the throne . Henry sired a daughter near Morton and looked after her well . The family still live there and have relics . Mean while back at Morton castle Frenanzo Stanley , married to one of the Spencers was 5th or 3rd in line to the throne … put that in ur pipe and shmoke it … they fooked many women and sired many offspring .. you be a fool to beleive otherwise .. did not bother to watch vid … look reality is most so -called royalty are not even who they say they are … although some are . Just like the kings fooked out so did the women …hey whats good 4 the goose is good 4 the gander … Spencers were always destined 4 the Thone and they mafe sure of it … And Diana was nobodies fool … you guys are blinded ..hood winked . Does it matter .E plurbus Unum .

  30. Annette Hulett says:

    I, too, believe that a daughter died and was replaced by a boy.
    At first when I heard this I thought what nonsense are they talking about now, but after seeing the programme, yes I believe it was a boy.Also he wore a ruff, around his neck for years I wonder why? Because you could see his was a boy.
    The death mask proves you can see his Adams Apple.
    It was a boy

  31. Annette Hulett says:

    If there was no death mask made of Elizabeth 1 why?
    Because it was a man?
    I believe so

  32. My family are the Leeds, this castle is in my past. There is no record of Princess Caroline. I am one to know! This is true. NOCAROLINEGHOST.

  33. Amanda says:

    Could they be talking about Princess Caroline of Gloucester who died of small pox aged 8 months?

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