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Genealogical investigation reveals that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are related

It turns out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are distantly related through an ancestor of the Queen Mother.

Meghan, through her father Thomas, is descended from Ralph Bowes, a relation from 15 generations ago. Bowes was a High Sherriff of County Durham, and his family seat was Streatlam Castle.

The Daily Mail conducted the family tree search that reveals that Prince Harry and Meghan are 15th cousins.

Meghan’s line comes from Ralph Bowes’s granddaughter, Bridget Bowes and her husband John Hussey. Their grandson, Christopher Hussey, sailed over to America in 1632, helped found Nantucket, Massachusetts, and continued the family line down to Thomas Markle.

Prince Harry’s line traces from Bridget Bowes’s uncle, who inherited Streatlam Castle and the Bowes estate and passed them down through his male heirs. Eventually, an MP named Sir George Bowes inherited and had a daughter with his second wife named Mary Bowes.

Mary Bowes married John Lyon, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who added ‘Bowes’ to his last name to ensure that he could inherit Mary’s fortune. This is the creation of the famed “Bowes-Lyon” family, which eventually yielded Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince Harry.

Prince Harry shares this family tree quirk with his older brother, Prince William, who is also distantly related to his wife, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a common ancestor in Sir Thomas Leighton, an Elizabethan era soldier who became Governor of Guernsey and Jersey from 1570-1609. Leighton is Prince William’s 12th great-grandfather and Catherine’s 11th great-grandfather, making them 12th cousins, once removed.

Leighton was married to Elizabeth Knollys, a cousin once removed to Elizabeth I.

The news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s common ancestor comes as speculation is heating up about a royal wedding in 2018. The couple reportedly had tea with the Queen recently and were spotted holding hands at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September.

  • Celya723

    Over a billion people in the world and look at who’s related, amazing!

    • Ghille

      Check out this game.. the premin is that you can find a connection between two people within 6 degrees of seperation…

      Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – Wikipedia

    • Sigi

      Amazing if you believe it.

  • Sigi

    Her family line went downhill once they started having to break out the watermelon.

    • Beatrice Barraco Forster


      • Sigi

        Are you ? OK. It’s easy enough to believe since your photo is pretty squalid.

        • Ladyhawke

          LOL!!! Watermelon? Nothing about watermelons in the article. I don’t quite get it!
          HA!! HA!! SNORT!!!

          • Sigi

            Yes where ARE the usual trolls ?! ha ha !

  • HotMess88

    What an amazing coincidence! Suddenly the woman deemed by mant to be too “common” to enter the RF is found to have a 15th generational link to the firm. I remain skeptical.

    • Sigi

      Too amazing, I agree ! The RF’s PR team are incredibly inspired to come up with that. They must be smoking something.

      • Ladyhawke

        Hey! Finally caught up with you. I replied to a comment you sent me on the other boards – but it had disappeared. Hope to catch up soon.

    • PennieP.

      Hey.. I’m having such a hard time logging on to CDL.
      If I get a comment on another article, I have to back out and pretty much log in, again!!.
      Many I’m doing it wrong. I even tried to log in with a Gmail account and THAT didn’t work..
      This site? I came right to this comment section, no problems..

      • Ladyhawke

        Hey P. – it’s such a relief to be off “the other place”.
        Right – now, let’s both agree that I’m a techno-retard (quite happy with the term).
        When I originally signed up with the new version of the other site, I set the account up as “HotMess88” and it worked Ok for about two days and then I couldn’t access it at all. In desperation, I used my email for ‘Ladyhawke’ and bingo! – I was able to access it immediately and for whatever reason, I didn’t have to go through the setting up stages. The editor mentioned that the system was recognising some of the older accounts from DISQUS. I have absolutely no idea how that could happen. One thing that MIGHT help is not to logout of the system – just stay logged in. I don’t logout of discussion boards and, touch wood, haven’t had any problems. I absolutely agree the new system is not a good one and I find the fact that the screen jumps all over the place beyond infuriating. Hope you can eventually logon and try not logging out to see if that helps. Good luck! LH

    • PennieP.

      I got your post on CDL .I CANNOT log in
      I get as far as the comment section… And.. The screen freezes up..
      I try to log into a different site and the same daymm thing happens.
      I’m giving up until they can refine it.
      I have a nervous breakdown every time I try to log on.

      • HotMess88

        Hi Pennie. The site has so many issues, it’s ridiculous. Most seem to be having issues logging in, the screen jumps when I attempt to edit, I’m finding comments I wasn’t alerted to and the collapsing screen doesn’t always open to full length.
        Just relax and try not to let it get to you. On the first day it was installed, I stuffed around for two hours and wound up with a migraine. I’ve noticed there appears to be a drop off in the regulars.
        I’m giving the site a rest for a while. I’ve really had it with my stalking troll – two years of consistent harassment – I’m done. I wish her next girl-crush good luck.
        I’ll toddle on here for a while. How about you, Sigi and I use this page as a base? Sound OK? Be nice if we could get Royalwatcher and Elizabeth on here. I know the other site’s a buzz-kill, but if enough posters drop off, those in charge might get their act together. Always available if you need to loose! Awoke w migraine, so I’ll catch you and/or Soggy v soon. 🙂

        • PennieP.

          Hey.. I thought I’d touch base with you.
          I we back to the “other” site and made a complaint against our colorful ‘friends ‘…
          Not only did I flag the comments, I contacted Ann Marie and I also told her i was doxxed.. And quoted the exact post.
          I doubt this will permanently stop the problem, but I’m hoping it will get rid of it for a while.
          Also, I found another DISQUS site GOSSIP COP, is running Royal pieces a has DISQUS it’s comment section.

          • Ladyhawke

            Hey P. Well done for contacting Anne Marie. What I don’t understand is that the threads are read by the editors on that site and yet it doesn’t seem to twig to them or they don’t care that others are being harassed. It appears that “Gina” is scanning the boards constantly. I made a remark to the individual who abused me. About a half an hour later I went back to add a bit more. During that period, “Gina” had commented on my comment. In a period of 8 hours, she had made 3.comments to me – that’s a very sick individual.
            I was trying to answer a comment from Siggy y/day and my screen kept freezing – doesn’t happen anywhere else. Absolutely useless system.
            I’ll have a look at GossipCop – haven’t heard of it.
            Need to catch up with Siggy – haven’t had a decent chat in a couple of days.
            Be good if we could get together on the one thread. I’ll be back on later – have work to finish.
            Thanks again for contacting Anne Marie – catch you soon 🙂

  • Sigi

    For sure !

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