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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actress Meghan Markle poses at P.S. Arts' "the pARTy!" in Los Angeles. Markle has been an actress for more than a dozen years, yet most people heard her name for the first time when Prince Harry announced that she's his girlfriend. Harry confirmed he was dating the 35-year-old American when he released a statement Tuesday decrying the media's treatment of Markle, saying reporters have tried to break into her home. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are distant cousins



Great Britain’s Prince Harry and his American girlfriend Meghan Markle are distant cousins, according to The Daily Mail.

The Mail on Sunday reported that Harry is related to Markle, an American actress, through a late 15th century ancestor of the Queen Mother.

Meghan Markle’s connection to Britain’s royal family comes from her father Thomas Markle’s ancestors on his mother’s sides.

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The Markle family has an ancestor from 15 generations ago, an Englishman named Ralph Bowes who was high sheriff of County Durham.

Bowes’ family’s seat was Streatlam Castle, and his granddaughter Bridget Bowes married John Hussey of Dorking, Surrey.

Christopher Hussey – who is Bowes’ grandson – moved to the U.S. in 1632 and helped found Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The Nantucket line of the Hussey family is the one that eventually resulted in Meghan Markle’s birth in 1981.

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The Bowes estate and Streatlam Castle continued to pass through Bridget Bowes’ uncle through a succession of male heirs.

The direct line to Harry and his family starts centuries later with both items getting passed down to Sir George Bowes, a MP.

George Bowes’ second wife gave birth to daughter Mary Bowes who in 1767 married John Lyon, the 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Lyon added Bowes to his name to inherit Streatlam and the surrounding estates, thus starting the Bowes-Lyon line.

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the duke of York five generations later, and he would later become George VI.

Queen Elizabeth II received her title in 1952, making Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon the queen mother as she is the latter’s eldest daughter.

Harry is the queen’s grandson, making him fifth in line to the British throne after his father Prince Charles and his older brother Prince William.

The prince also trails behind his nephew Prince George and his niece Princess Georgina, who are William’s children.

Kensington Palace confirmed in 2016 that Harry and Markle had been dating for several months.

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