The romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appears to be quite serious given that the pair was spotted house hunting in the U.K. last month, but a new study’s revelations could bring a chill over their relationship.
The Telegraph reports that King Henry VIII, who ruled England from 1509 to 1547, ordered one of Markle’s long-lost ancestors, Lord Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, to be executed.
Experts said Hussey was one of the King’s diplomatic envoys, served as Chamberlain for the King’s daughter Princess Mary, and was knighted at the Battle of Blackheath for his loyalty. However, the rift reportedly happened after Hussey was found guilty of treason.
Here is a brief breakdown of Markle’s lineage to Lord Hussey, according to The Telegraph: Lord Hussey was the great-great-great-grandfather of Captain Christopher Hussey, who left England for America in the 1650s. Ten generations later, Meghan’s father Thomas W. Markle was born into Captain Hussey’s family tree in the U.S. He and Doria Rangland were married, and Rachel Meghan Markle was born in 1981.
A second revelation shows that Harry and Markle may be distant cousins through a mutual ancestor named High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes. Michael Reed, an Australian teacher and amateur historian, found that Markle has ties to the royalty of Tudor England.
“It’s incredible that Meghan's great-great-great maternal grandfather was a slave and the other great-great-great paternal grandmother was a New Hampshire landowner, who had royal blood,” Reed said.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.