As the person who first documented Richard III's family link to Joy Ibsen; who, as a result, first published the king's mtDNA sequence; who researched for the BBC the 'body in the river' myth and disproved it; who established that Richard III definitely had been buried at the Franciscan Priory in Leicester, and accurately predicted the probable location of the lost priory church, I feel acutely aware of the fact that without my historical and genealogical research Richard III's body would never have been rediscovered in 2012.
I therefore feel deeply responsible for the safety of King Richard III's remains. A case to determine who should have charge of the king's body is at present before the High Court. Under these circumstances it seems particularly outrageous that any destructive research should be conducted upon the remains by those who currently hold them. Yet that is precisely what is being done. Parts of the king's bones have recently been destroyed without outside consultation, for no good reason, merely in order to allow completely gratuitous scientific investigations to be conducted.
If, like me, you feel that this is wrong, you might like to give your support to this petition:
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