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The following is a (partial) list of who could have killed the Princes in the Tower.

  • Richard III ordered their deaths (as they were potential foci of opposition).
  • The Duke of Buckingham (to further his claims/eliminate rivals)
  • Henry Tudor (ie before he became king)
  • Henry VII (after he became king)
  • 'One or several' of the persons in the Tower (possibly trying to second-guess what is required)
  • They died of natural causes in the Tower (but the information was not released as Richard knew he would be blamed).
  • One or both escaped (hence Lambert Simnel, Perkin Warbeck, Richard's 'Third bastard', and several works of fiction)
  • Various science fiction and other possibilities.


There are various arguments for or against the above.