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Meghan Markle’s connections to Henry VIII

Ever since the confirmation of their courtship not too long ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become something of a darling couple to many royal watchers across the globe. While the two have kept their relationship fairly discrete — Markle’s first official appearance as Prince Harry’s significant other was only this September at the Invictus Games. The Royal Family has warmly received the couple at large, which is just as well, as it seems the two may already have some awkward ancestral affairs.

After compiling research into her family history, it would seem that Miss Markle has an ancestor who ran afoul of the infamous Tudor monarch, King Henry VIII. Lord John Hussey, 1st Baronet of Sleaford, suffered greatly from Henry VIII’s hair-trigger temper and suffered a spectacular fall from favour during the latter’s break from the Church of Rome. The decision was widely controversial on all fronts, and many within the Kingdom of England had grave misgivings about their monarch’s separation from the Catholic Church. In the aftermath of the ill-fated Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular uprising that sought to restore Catholicism within England, numerous people were implicated in a conspiracy against the Crown due to Catholic sympathies.

Lord Hussey was one such individual. Although he denied any connections with the Pilgrimage of Grace, his Catholic leanings and connections with the disgraced Princess Mary (later Queen Mary) worked against him. He was tried for high treason, found guilty, and summarily executed by beheading along with his cousin, Thomas Darcy. His lands were confiscated by the Crown, King Henry never one to resist the urge to fill the royal coffers.

It would seem that history maintains its sense of ironic humour, as now one of Lord Hussey’s distant descendants stands to marry to within the Royal Family.

Markle’s pedigree is certainly not to be sniffed at in other areas, either. Through her paternal great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Hussey Smith and a direct descendant of Lord Hussey, Markle is a descendant of King John of England and King Henry II, and as thus can claim royal blood in her veins. Further, Markle is also directly related to Captain Christopher Hussey Esq, who was granted a charter by King Charles II to govern the royal province of Hampton, New Hampshire, and went on to become the Founding Father of Nantucket (of the famous limerick).

Miss Markle’s African ancestry also shows in her maternal great-great-great-grandfather, who was the son of a plantation slave in Georgia emancipated in 1865.

  • Amber

    where’s the research?

    • Melissa Gibson Badillo

      She does have Royal blood, the research is all over ther internet. I have it too.

      • HotMess88

        You have royal blood, or the information that is all over the internet?

  • xxSJWxx

    Good. Another cousin to add to my tree. Harry is also my cousin but much closer. I think they make a fabulous couple.

    • PennieP.

      Fabulous couple of what??
      Please, they are ordinary, at best. Nothing special, except for the~Royal Blood ~ how shallow can they get?

      • Ladyhawke

        My guess is a few more feet yet, P. Predicting fun and games after the engagement announcement. Woo-hoo!

  • jacqueline nemorin

    MM stop fishing for compliments! you are what you are what ever the color you are, you know that hypocritsity will not help you to change who you really are, and since we are on ancestors etc., never forget that German´s ruled England for sometimes and no need to tell you what they would think of you! If the downfall of the monachy ends after the pass away of the our beloved Queen it will be because of you! just saying.

    • Melissa Gibson Badillo

      Silence your disgraceful self. Prince Harrys happiness does not concern you! Besides he is sixth in line to the throne and will not ever become King so you need not worry yourself.

      • Ladyhawke

        Of course not, but the pair will be supported by the Sovereign Grant, i.e. the British taxpayer. My, my – how the RF has slipped – only a matter of time before it will be an outsourced attraction of Sideshow Alley.


    Break out the watermelon !!!!!!!

    • HotMess88

      Pardon? Watermelons? I can find no reference to watermelons in the article. I do believe you may have confused this article with one concerning dietary preferences. Cheers!

  • PennieP.

    Ahhh. ‘Royal Blood ‘… Well, that sure makes a BIG difference.. She has ROYAL Blood. As opposed to A, B, AB or O… Royal blood is something special. Got it!

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