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- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just got engaged.
- A genealogical investigation by The Mail on Sunday found that the couple are in fact distant cousins.
- The pair are apparently related through a 15th Century English ancestor of the Queen Mother.
While American actress Meghan Markle is known to have come from far humbler beginnings than her now fiancé Prince Harry – it appears that the couple may be more closely connected than we first thought.
A genealogical investigation by The Mail on Sunday found that the couple are in fact distant cousins – related through a 15th Century English ancestor of the Queen Mother, the High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes, whose family seat was Streatlam Castle. The Suits actress’ royal connection comes from her father’s side, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Thomas Markle, the Mail reports.
Bowes’ granddaughter Bridget married John Hussey, of Dorking, Surrey, whose grandson Christopher Hussey moved to the US in 1632, helping to found Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Many generations on, this line of the family went on to produce Markle.
And on the other side of the family tree, Bowes’ estate and castle were eventually passed down to Sir George Bowes, a member of British parliament, according to the report. Fast forward yet more generations and years and Prince Harry was born of Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales. This makes them 15th cousins.
If the report is true, this is hardly the first time something like this has emerged.
Earlier this year, travel website Expedia developed an online tool which showed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are also cousins – they share the same bloodline, and are both directly related to Queen Victoria.