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14 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to Royals

Some of our favorite talented, good looking stars are definitely Hollywood royalty. But you would be interested to find out that sometimes, they are actually related to real life royals. In fact, many stars we know and love are direct descendants or cousins of royalty. And their names may surprise you. stars ruling our screens are related to the royal families. So we’ve compiled this list of stars who have blood links with royalty.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsJake Gyllenhaal is descended from Edward III, who ruled England from 1327-1377. This makes him the 19th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. 2. Thandiwe Newton15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsThandiwe Newton is actually a princess herself. The British actress’ mother Nyasha is a Zimbabwean member of a Shona chiefly family, a tribal leader of the Shona ethnic group native to Southern Africa and mainly Zimbabwe.

3. Laura Dern15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsOscar winner Laura Dern can trace her bloodline to King Edward III, making her a 19th cousin, thrice removed, from Queen Elizabeth. 4. Meghan Markle15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsEven before her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan was related to royalty in her own right. She is a direct descendant of King Edward III. Rev. William Skipper, a royal descendant, arrived in New England in America in 1639, and is an ancestor of Meghan’s father.

5. Hugh Grant15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsHugh Grant is a pretty close relation to the Royal family. He can trace his heritage back to both King Henry VII of England and King James IV of Scotland. This makes him the Queen’s 9th cousin, once removed.

6. Bill Hader15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsDuring his episode of PBS’ Find Your Roots, actor Bill Hader made an incredible discovery. He is a direct descendant of King Edward I of England and the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. 7. Uma Thurman15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsUma Thurman is the Queen’s 21st cousin, once removed. Their shared relative is King Edward I, who ruled from 1272-1307.

8. Alison Janney15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsAlison Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but she can trace her ancestry across the pond to England. Through being related to Edward I, Alison is the Queen’s 22nd cousin once removed. 9. Glenn Close15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsGlenn is the 24th cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth. This is through their shared ancestor, King John.

10. Richard Gere15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsRichard Gere sure is Hollywood royalty. But it turns out he’s also the 22nd cousin, twice removed, of the Queen. They are related through King Edward I. 11. Ellen DeGeneres15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsEllen is actually 15th cousins with Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William. The connection is through a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne.

12. Paris Hilton15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsPairs Hilton is 20th cousins with Queen Elizabeth, through King Henry II, who she is related to on her father’s side. She also discovered that she is related to Marilyn Monroe — so she is related to both real life royalty and Hollywood royalty.

13. Sigourney Weaver15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsThe award-winning actress is related to both historical and modern royalty. She has a shared ancestor with the Queen in King Henry I, but she also has connections with at least two of Henry VIII’s wives. And a shared ancestor with Princess Diana cements her modern royal connection.

14. Dakota & Elle Fanning15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related to RoyalsElle may have played Aurora in Disney’s Maleficent, but they actually have real royal blood. Through their mother Heather Joy Arrington, they are the 22nd great-granddaughters of King Edward III. This also makes them 21st cousins of Kate Middleton, as her mother too is distantly related to Edward III. Who is your favorite celebrity in this list? Have you researched your ancestry, and did you find any interesting surprises?

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