Royal Family: The most bizarre celebrities you never knew were part of British monarchy’s family tree

When it comes to exploring your family history, it doesn’t get much better than discovering you’re related to a member of the Royal Family. When digging into family trees, a number of Londoners have discovered their blood is bluer than they could have imagined.

When it comes to our friends across the pond, it seems as though it’s no different – many people now living in the United States have connections linking them to Her Majesty the Queen herself. It turns out celebrities are no different when it comes to royal links, and a number of surprising stars from music, stage and screen are reportedly related to royalty. 

Here’s a comprehensive list of the most surprising celebrities thought to be related to the British Royal Family.

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, pictured in Maleficent, is reported to have royal links through her mum

Angelina Jolie, pictured in Maleficent, is reported to have royal links through her mum

Angelina Jolie, 46, is arguably one of the most successful Hollywood actresses of our generation, known for roles in the likes of Maleficent, Tomb Raider and The Tourist. In terms of family history, Angelina’s mum, Marie Bertrand, is reportedly a descendant of French royalty.

Her ancestors may be traced all the way back to Phillip II, the son of Louis VII, a 12th-century French king. This links Angelina to Marie of France, a well-known French princess, and Phillip’s half-sister. If this claim to fame wasn’t enough, Angelina is also the 26th cousin of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

Beyoncé

Beyonce and the Queen have more in common than you think

Multi award-winning popstar Beyoncé, 40, is often nicknamed Queen B – well as it turns out, this nickname may be more accurate than it seems. The Single Ladies singer is reportedly Queen Elizabeth II’s 25th cousin once removed, according to CBS. The royal pair are thought to have a shared ancestor in Henry II.

The irony in this family relation is that, in 2019, the Queen was temporarily replaced by Beyoncé in Madame Tussauds’ London exhibition. Beyoncé took her cousin the Queen’s central spot beside Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William.

Madonna

Pop star Madonna is reportedly related to Camilla Parker Bowles

Now for another queen of pop – the international sensation Madonna, 63, also has royal roots. The pop artist is derived from French-Canadian Madeleine Ernard and her carpenter spouse Zacharie Cloutier, making her a ninth cousin, once removed, of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles.

Another fun fact about Camilla’s family tree is that she is also distantly related to her husband through Henry Cavendish, the 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Camilla descends from the Duke’s youngest daughter Catherine, whereas Charles hails from the Duke’s oldest, Margaret.

Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny also has royal links

According to Vogue, Johnny Depp, 58, is the 20th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Both her majesty and the Pirates of the Caribbean actor are descendants of Edward III.

Apart from this, the pair have very little in common – the Pirates of the Caribbean actor was born in Kentucky in the US and grew up in Florida. For most of his life, he’s been based in Hollywood .

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle reportedly had links to the Royal Family before marrying Prince Harry

So this one is something of a curveball – although Meghan Markle, 40, is now part of the royal clan following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018, she has an even deeper royal heritage. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Meghan is a direct descendent of England’s King Edward III, which means that she and Prince Harry are 17th cousins.

The two families share a common ancestor, Ralph Bowes, a High Sheriff of County Durham in England in the 15th century. According to a report from the Sun, Meghan is also related to Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s third wife, and Isabel Hildyard, her 12th great-grandmother, was also Seymour’s second cousin.

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