Are Harry and Meghan related? Royal family tree explained

Amber Peake April 9, 2021
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Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle related? Amid news of Prince Philip’s death today, 9 April, some people have started looking into the royal family tree. And lo and behold – the more eagle-eyed armchair investigators think they’ve discovered a family link – beyond marriage – that might mean Harry and Meghan are related.

Are Harry and Meghan related?

Yes, in a way. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly related – they seem to be very distant cousins, according to a genealogical investigation by The Mail on Sunday in 2017.

In their investigation, the publication found that the royal couple share linage through a late 15th-century ancestor of the Queen Mother.

Meghan Markle is said to be related to the Royal Family through Ralph Bowes, a High Sheriff of County Durham who is the former actress’s ancestor from 15 generations ago.

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Prince Harry also shares a connection with Ralph Bowes through his great-grandson Sir George Bowes MP.

Other reports have suggested Harry and Meghan may also be related through other ancestors.

In a separate article by The Sun, which looked at research by Ancestry, the couple allegedly share a connection through King Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour.

The research also noted Meghan’s connection to medieval King Edward III.

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The Royal Family Tree: Was Prince Philip the Queen’s cousin?

Harry and Meghan are not the only royal couple to share an ancestral relation.

Prince William and Kate Middleton – like Harry and Meghan – are also said to be distant cousins.

Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip were also related through a number of different ancestors.

Their most notable link was through Queen Victoria, as both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were her great-great-grandchildren.

Amid the news of Prince Philip’s death, Twitter users have started sharing their reactions to these surprising family connections.

Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.