Family trees may hold more secrets than all the Egyptian pyramids put together. And sometimes people don’t even suspect that they are related to monarchs like Elizabeth II, Edward III or Nicholas II. It turns out that, even in the world of cinema and music, many famous people have “blue blood”.
O awesome.club decided to investigate who are the celebrities who can boast of having family ties with royalty.
Of all American celebrities, Hilary Duff is the closest relative of Elizabeth II
The actress and singer is often called “America’s Realest Celebrity”. Hilary is Elizabeth II’s great-niece, in the 18th generation. One of Hillary’s ancestors was English officer Alexander Spotswood, a descendant of King Edward III of Windsor.
Ozzy Osbourne is distantly related to the last emperor of Russia, Nicholas II
The former leader of the Black Sabbath band is distantly related to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II and the King of Great Britain George I. The kinship was detected after evaluating blood samples from the singer.
Thandie Newton is the daughter of a princess from Zimbabwe
The mother of the English actress, known to the public for her roles in Mission: Impossible 2, Crash – Over the Edge and The Pursuit of Happyness, is a princess of the Shona people, who lives in Zimbabwe.
Guy Ritchie is the sixth cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
Master crime comedy master Guy Ritchie was invited to Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
Madonna and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, are cousins
It’s curious, but the queen of pop music, Madonna, has relatives in the British monarchy. Madonna is a descendant of French Canadians Madeleine Ernard and Zachary Cloutier; she is a distant cousin of Prince Charles’ wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. Another pop diva, Celine Dion, is also distantly related to Camilla.
Tilda Swinton is a descendant of the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce
The actress belongs to the ancient British Swinton family, whose roots go back to the Middle Ages. Tilda is a direct descendant of the Scottish King Robert I. She studied at a prestigious private boarding school, where she was a colleague of none other than Diana Spencer, Lady Di.
Catherine Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
Catherine Oxenberg is an American actress of Serbian-Jewish descent, best known for her role as Amanda Carrington on the 1980 American soap opera Dynasty. She is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a descendant of the Serbian Karadjordjevitsch dynasty. Catherine played Princess Diana on screen in the documentary The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982).
Ralph Fiennes is a cousin of the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles
Ralph Fiennes can trace his origins back to King James II of Scotland, of the Stuart dynasty, who ruled the country from 1437 to 1460. This fact makes the actor the eighth cousin of Prince Charles.
Dakota and Elle Fanning are direct descendants of King Edward III of England
The Star Sisters are 22nd degree great-granddaughters of King Edward III of England. And they are cousins of…Kate Middleton, who is also the great-great-granddaughter of this monarch, on her mother’s side.
Beyoncé and Queen Elizabeth II are cousins
Beyoncé, or as she calls herself, Queen B, is a 25th cousin of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. Her common ancestor is King Henry II Plantagenet of England.
Actress Akosua Busia is a Ghanaian princess
Filmmaker, screenwriter and actress Akosua Busia, best known for her role in the 1985 film The Color Purple, is a princess of the Royal Family of Wenchi.
Kit Harington is a tenth generation descendant of Charles II
British actor Kit Harington has family ties to King Charles II of England, who ruled in the late 17th century. The call goes through her paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny.
Kit Harington’s wife, actress Rose Leslie, is also related to Charles II
Actress Rose Leslie hails from the ancient Scottish Leslie clan. Rose’s mother is the great-granddaughter of Lord Simon Fraser, a descendant of King Charles II. The actress spent her childhood at Licklehead’s ancestral castle, built in the 15th century in northeastern Scotland. As we already mentioned, her husband, actor Kit Harington, is also a distant cousin of the monarch.
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