Meghan Markle is a distant relative of Prince Harry
Actors, actresses and singers who have made it are treated like royals every day. But did you know that some celebrities are blood relatives of the British royal family? These A-list stars are unlikely to drink a cup of tea with Queen Elizabeth, but at least they can tell they are part of history.
These celebrities are distant relatives of the royal family.
On May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle said yes to Prince Harry. Since then they have been husband and wive, however they are additionally far-off relatives. Meghan is in fact a relative of Edward III. Edward was the King of England from 1327 to 1377. This would make Harry and Meghan cousins of each other, albeit in the fifteenth degree.
Hilary Duff also has English roots. The Lizzie McGuire actress is – just like Meghan Markle – a distant relative of Edward III. This allows her to call herself a niece of Queen Elizabeth in the eighteenth degree.
Talk show host Ellen was curious about her family history and therefore hired a company in Boston to chart that history. Ellen found out that she is – like Kate Middleton – a relative of Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne. The pair lived in the early 1500s in England. Ellen and Kate are cousins of each other in the fifteenth degree.
Thanks to many musical achievements, Beyoncé has been given the nickname Queen B. Beyoncé is seen as a real royalty in the music industry, but in real life she’s also almost a real queen. The singer is descended from Henry II. That means the entertainer is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth in the 25th degree.
In 2014, Queen Elizabeth officially distinguished actress Angelina Jolie for her work at the United Nations. Angelina was named honorary lady. Although that day was all about the ceremony, it was actually also a family visit. Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth are both relatives of the French King Philip II. This makes the ladies cousins of each other in the 26th degree.
The ex-husband of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, is also a distant relative of the British royals. Brad Pitt would be a cousin of Queen Elizabeth in the 25th degree. Moreover, Brad Pitt is also a distant relative of Barack Obama. Brad and Barack both have the same ancestor from Virginia, making them nephews of each other in the ninth grade.
Madonna is far-off household of Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles and Madonna’s wife have the same Canadian ancestors. This makes the ladies distant cousins.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
The King of the North in Game of Thrones is also a royal in real life. Well, almost. The actor’s grandfather was a baronet who descended from Charles II. Kit Harington’s wife, Rose Leslie, is additionally a descendant of Charles II. This makes Rose a far away cousin of the British royal household and her husband.