How Meghan Markle is actually related to the Royal family (and it’s all thanks to Henry VIII)

The American actress, 36, is a descendant of King Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, who was a second cousin to Isabel Hildyard, Meghan’s 12th great-grandmother.

What is even stranger is that Jane is buried in the very place Meghan will marry Harry, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The link was found by Ancestry, who tracked the star’s links to royal ancestors which stretch back hundreds of years.

Jane promoted peace at court, helping to reconcile Henry with his first child, Mary, and was said to be meek and quiet.

But she is also seen as having manipulated the king into disposing of his second wife Anne Boleyn, to whom she was lady-in-waiting.

She died 12 days after giving birth to Henry VIII's male heir Prince Edward, later Edward VI.

Jane Seymour was said to be the favourite of the king's six wives and the pair are buried together in the Quire of the royal wedding venue.

Genealogists at unearthed a calligraphic chart which they used to prove that Meghan is also distantly descended from Lionel of Clarence, who was the third son of the medieval King Edward III, who ruled England and was Lord of Ireland from 1327 to 1377.

His reign saw the beginning of the Hundred Years War against France, and he created the Order of the Garter in 1348.

Meghan is also related to members of Henry IV’s and Charles I’s courts.

Megan’s father, Thomas Markle, is of Dutch and Irish descent, and her mother Doria Ragland is African-American.

Russell James, family history and DNA expert at, said: "With so many notable royal descendants, we're confident that Meghan is poised to take to her new role with ease and grace.

"The world is clearly watching her every move as she transitions from Hollywood actress to royal duchess."

In the past she HAS described how her great-great-great-grandfather went on to create his own identity when freed from slavery.

Megan wrote: "Because in 1865 (which is so shatteringly recent), when slavery was abolished in the United States, former slaves had to choose a name. A surname, to be exact.”

The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is edging ever closer, and the countdown is well underway.

In just a number of days, Harry and Meghan will say "I do" at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and here's all you need to know about the big day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19 will be shown on television

It has been announced that planes have been banned from flying over Windsor on the day of their wedding.







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