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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Allegedly Distant Cousins

A family tree says the 36-year-old actress and her 32-year-old beau are related.
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He is a prince raised in London, the son of the first heir to the British throne. She is an actress born in California, the daughter of a yoga instructor and a former television lighting director.

But despite their different upbringings, Prince Harry and his American girlfriend Meghan Markle have more in common than we previously believed.

A genealogical investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found that the famous pair are actually distant cousins, related through a late 15th-century ancestor of the Queen Mother.


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The publication report the Suits star's connection to the royal family comes as a result of her family's ancestry dating all the way back to High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes, an ancestor of Markle from 15 generations ago.

Bowes' family seat was Streatlam Castle situated in the North East of England and his grandson Christopher Hussey moved to America in 1632, helping to found Nantucket, Massachusetts. Fast forward a few years and boom, Meghan Markle.

Meanwhile, Bowes's great-grandson Sir George Bowes became a member of parliament during the reign of Charles II and to cut a very long story short, Prince Harry came along.

A genetic surgery in 2013 found that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. And you don't have to go back much further in time to find that everyone in the world is related to each other.

Who would've thought it?

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FromELLE UK

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

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