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10 Celebrities Who Are Related to the Royal Family

We always knew there was something special about Ellen DeGeneres.
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Since celebrities are a modern day version of royalty, we're not surprised a few of Hollywood's A-listers are also related to the British royal family. After all, it's basically in their genes to be famous.

ELLEN DEGENERES


According to the New England Genealogical Society, the Duchess of Cambridge and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are 15th cousins. Their relative connection is Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne, who lived during the 1500s.

JOHNNY DEPP


Johnny Depp is 20th cousins with Queen Elizabeth II as they both share the same great (18 times over) grandfather.

JAKE AND MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL


These famous actor siblings are related King Edward III of England, who reigned from 1327 to 1377. The relation stems from their father's side of the family.

HILARY DUFF


And actress/singer, Hilary Duff, is also related to King Edward III. She is his 10th great-granddaughter and also an 18th cousin to Queen Elizabeth.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS


But that's not it. Apparently, King Edward III had strong genes because actor Michael Douglas is also his relative — and Queen Elizabeth's 19th cousin.

UMA THURMAN


You might remember "Edward Longshanks" from his depiction in Bravehart. His real name was King Edward I of England, who ruled from 1272 to 1307, and he is a 21st cousin of Uma Thurman.

BRAD PITT


You have to go way back to King Henry II, who ruled England from 1154 to 1189, if you want to know Brad Pitt's 25th cousin.

PARIS HILTON


It turns out, Paris Hilton isn't just a socialite, but also royal. She's a descendant of King Henry II of England through her father, Rick Hilton.

TOM HANKS


Tom Hanks is a relative of King John of England, who ruled from 1199 to 1216, through his father's side of the family.

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HUGH GRANT


Actor Hugh Grant is the ancestor of King Henry VII through his mother's side. He ruled over England from 1485 to 1509 and was the monarch of the House of Tudor.

From: Good Housekeeping US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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