Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Related to the Royal Family

American actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry announced in November 2017 that they were engaged and tied the knot in May 2018. While Markle was prepping to become part of England’s royal family, she found out that she and Harry are cousins, as in very distant 17th cousins via King Edward III.

But there are some other very famous Hollywood stars who also have royal ancestors in their family as well. Here’s a look at the celebrities who are related to the British royals.

1. Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Middleton

Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Middleton.
Left: Ellen DeGeneres at a movie premiere. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Right: Kate Middleton in Cambridge | Eddie Mulholland/Getty Images

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is actually related to Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II.

According to the New England Genealogical Society, the funny lady and the Duchess of Cambridge are 15th cousins as they are each direct descendants of Edward III of England. DeGeneres is also the 19th cousin, twice removed, of Queen Elizabeth II.

Next: This actor is related to the queen. 

2. Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth II

Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Johnny Depp on a red carpet | John Phillips/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth in a stylish purple suit. | WPA Pool/Pool

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp is related to Queen Elizabeth II.

According to genealogist Nick Barratt of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, the actor and queen both share the same great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, making them 20th cousins.

Next: The Queen of Pop is related to a royal.

3. Madonna and Camilla Parker Bowles

Madonna and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Left: Madonna striking a pose. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images, Right: Camilla Parker Bowles dressed in a sleek black outfit. | Pool/Getty Images

Madonna is related to Camilla Parker Bowles.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society discovered that Madge and Prince Charles’ wife are ninth cousins as they are each descendants from prominent French-Canadians Madeleine Ernard and her carpenter husband Zacharie Cloutier.

Next: This Oscar winner is related to the queen via a king. 

4. Michael Douglas and Queen Elizabeth II

Michael Douglas and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Michael Douglas at a movie premiere. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth in a stylish crown and robe. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

Actor Michael Douglas is related to Queen Elizabeth II. Yep, he’s Hollywood royalty and related to actual royals.

Douglas is a 19th cousin, once removed, to Queen Elizabeth II through King Edward III of England, who was one of England’s longest-ruling monarchs.

Next: This diva is related to a duchess. 

5. Celine Dion and Camilla Parker Bowles

Celine Dione and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Left: Celine Dione looking stylish on a red carpet. | David Becker/Getty Images, Right: Camila Parker Bowles looking happy and glowing. | WPA Pool/Pool

Songstress Celine Dion is related to Camilla Parker Bowles. According to French-Canadian historical records, the songbird and the Duchess of Cornwall are related.

Like Madonna, Dion is also a descendant of the Cloutiers making all three of these ladies distant relatives to one another.

Next: This U.S. president is related to the late princess. 

6. George W. Bush and Princess Diana

George W. Bush and Princess Diana.
Left: George W. Bush in Washington, D.C | Pool/Pool, Right: Princess Diana dressed for a gala in 1995. | Pool/Getty Images

President George W. Bush is related to Princess Diana. The American family of politicians are related to the “People’s Princess.” The former president of the United States and the late princess were 11th cousins, twice removed.

The same genealogy study that uncovered the royal link also found that the Bushes are related to Abraham Lincoln and Marilyn Monroe.

Next: Queen Bey is related to the Queen of England. 

7. Beyoncé and Queen Elizabeth II

Beyonce and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Queen Bey really has royal blood. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth in London. | WPA/Pool/Getty Images

Beyoncé is related to Queen Elizabeth II. For all those who hail her as a queen, Bey is in fact a relative of the Queen of England.

CBS News confirmed that Beyoncé and Queen Elizabeth are 25th cousins, once removed, as Henry II is an ancestor of both women.

Next: This A-lister is related to a king. 

8. Brad Pitt and King Henry II

Brad Pitt and King Henry II.
Left: Brad Pitt on a red carpet. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images, Right: King Henry II in an illustration | YouTube

Actor Brad Pitt is related to King Henry II. The star has a few famous cousins including General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, and General Andrew Pickens, hero of the American Revolution. He’s also related to royalty.

King Henry II, who ruled England from 1154 to 1189, is Pitt’s 25th cousin.

Next: This movie star is related to the queen. 

9. Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth II

Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Angeline Jolie in New York City | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth visiting Canada. | WPA Pool/Getty Images

Pitt’s ex, Angelina Jolie, is related to Queen Elizabeth II. Yes, Jolie has a royal bloodline as well.

She and the queen are 26th cousins via Marie of France, Duchess of Brabant, who is the daughter of King Philip II of France.

Next: This Hollywood king is related to an actual king. 

10. Tom Hanks and King John

Tom Hanks and King John.
Left: Tom Hanks presenting a speech. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Right: A painting of King John | YouTube

Tom Hanks is related to King John and Queen Elizabeth II. The two-time Academy Award winner’s relation to King John of England comes from his father’s side as he is a descendant of the royal.

The relation also makes him the 24th cousin of the queen.

Next: She’s the closest celebrity relative to Queen Elizabeth II.

11. Hilary Duff and Queen Elizabeth II

Hilary Duff and Queen Elizabeth
Left: Hilary Duff at a movie premiere in 2017. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth enjoying the outdoors. | Pool/Getty Images

Former Disney star Hilary Duff is related to Queen Elizabeth II. The Younger actress has the closest relation to the British monarch. A genealogy study revealed that Duff is the most closely-related American celebrity to the queen. The two women have a common ancestor in Edward III and the link makes them 18th cousins.

The actress is also a descendant of Catherine Car, who many historians believe is the illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII.

Next: This British star is related to two kings.

12. Hugh Grant and King Henry VII

Hugh Grant and King Henry VII.
Left: Hugh Grant at a movie premiere | Christian Marquardt/Getty Images, Right: King Henry VII | YouTube

British actor Hugh Grant is related to King Henry VII. Grant actually has not one, but two connections to royalty. He is a descendant of Henry VII, on his mother’s side of the family.

The famous king was the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty and was of course succeeded by his son, the notorious Henry VIII. Grant’s other royal ancestor is King James IV of Scotland, who was the last monarch in Great Britain to be killed in battle.

Next: This actress is related to the queen. 

13. Brooke Shields and Queen Elizabeth II

Brooke Shields and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Brook Shields has been linked to royalty | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth in 2012. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Actress Brooke Shields is related to Queen Elizabeth II. Shields falls behind only Duff when it comes to the most closely-related celeb to the queen.

The model is the 18th cousin, once removed, of Elizabeth II, as a direct descendant of King Henry IV of France. Shield’s ancestry can also be traced back to Edward III of England.

Next: This director is related to the duchess. 

14. Guy Ritchie and Kate Middleton

Guy Ritchie and Kate Middleton.
Left: Guy Ritchie attending an event in London. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images, Right: Kate Middleton attending an event in a stunning outfit | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Director Guy Ritchie is related to Kate Middleton. Madonna’s ex, Guy Ritchie, and Prince William’s wife have one of the closest relations we’ve seen thus far.

The two are actually sixth cousins and that was close enough for Ritchie to score an invite to their royal wedding in 2011.

Next: This film star is related to her majesty. 

15. Uma Thurman and Queen Elizabeth II

Uma Thurman and Queen Elizabeth.
Right: Uma Thurman has a special connection to Queen Elizabeth. | Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth smiling brightly | WPA/Pool/Getty Images

Pulp Fiction star Uma Therman is related to Queen Elizabeth II. The actress is a direct descendant from King Edward I of England.

The connection makes Thurman and the Queen of England 21st cousins, once removed.

Next: This Donald Trump impersonator is related to the queen. 

16. Alec Baldwin and Queen Elizabeth II

Alec Baldwin and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Alec Baldwin acting goofy on a red carpet. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth during a ceremony in 2017. | Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Alec Baldwin is related to Queen Elizabeth II. The Baldwin family and the British royal family are related as they are all descendants of King Aethelred the Unready. This makes the Baldwin brothers and her royal highness 29th cousins, twice removed.

The Baldwin clan are also related to John Howland, who was one of the passengers on the Mayflower.

Next: This star is related to a king.

17. Glenn Close and King John

Glenn Close and King John.
Left: Glenn Close posing on a red carpet. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images, Right: A painting of King John | YouTube

Actress Glenn Close is related to King John. Close has played a few royals on screen from time to time, but in reality, she is related to them as well.

Like Hanks, Close can trace her lineage back to King John of England and is the 24th cousin, twice removed of England’s present queen.

Next: This actor is related to Queen Elizabeth II. 

18. Richard Gere and Queen Elizabeth II

Richard Gere and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Richard Gere speaking at a film festival | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth waving from Buckingham Palace. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Actor Richard Gere is related to Queen Elizabeth II. Gere’s family tree connects him to the queen through John Talbot their common ancestor.

The link makes Elizabeth II and Gere 22nd cousins, twice removed.

Next: This actress is related to King Edward III. 

19. Laura Dern and King Edward III

Left: Laura Dern at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Right: A painting of King Henry III | YouTube

Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Laura Dern is related to King Edward III. Like Douglas and Depp, Dern shares a bloodline with King Edward III. This also makes the actress a 19th cousin, thrice removed, to Queen Elizabeth.

Next: This socialite is related to England’s queen. 

20. Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth II

Paris Hilton and Queen Elizabeth.
Left: Paris Hilton and her signature pup. | Phil McCarten/Getty Images, Right: Queen Elizabeth looking stylish on a rainy day.

Paris Hilton is related to Queen Elizabeth II. The hotel heiress may act like she’s a queen, and now, we know she is at least related to one, distantly.

Like Pitt, Hilton is related to King Henry II on her father’s side. This makes her and Elizabeth II 20th cousins.

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