Did You Know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Distant Cousins?

Did You Know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Distant Cousins?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make an adorable couple. After dating for almost two years, they tied the knot with each other on May 19 at St George’s Chapel. Harry has been a perfect husband to the Suits alum and a doting father to his two children, Archie and Lilibet. He decided to leave his family in the United Kingdom to protect his wife and son from the racist behavior of certain members of the royal family and the British media.

The Duke and Duchess have served couple goals since the very beginning of their relationship. However, you might be surprised to know that they are also related by blood. Since people are so much curious about the life of Harry and Meghan, they dug out their past life and family trees deeply. The efforts did not go in vain, as research suggests that the couple are very distant cousins. 

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How Harry and Meghan are cousins?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are connected with each other due to one person named Ralph Bowes, who lived from 1480 to 1518. Ralph had two grandchildren called Sir George Bowes and Bridget Bowes. As quoted by Daily Mail, Sir George Bowes was an ascendant of Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Since Harry is the grandchild of the late monarch, he is also connected to Ralph Bowes. 

Meanwhile, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, can trace his family lineage back to Ralph as he is a descendant of Bridget Bowes. This also means that hundreds of years back, Meghan’s ancestors resided in the United Kingdom only. 

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Notably, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not the only royal couple who are related to each other by blood. The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate Middleton, are also distant cousins. They are 12th cousins to each other as they are connected to Sir Thomas Leighton. The soldier is 12th generation great-grandparent for William. He is also the 11th generation grandparent for the next-in-line Queen Consort. 

Are you surprised to know that Harry and Meghan are cousins? Were you aware of William and Kate being distant cousins? Let us know in the comments. 

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