These celebrities have surprising connections to our Royalty. Some make us bristle with pride, others make us feel a little embarrassed. We'll leave it up to you to decide which is which…
1. Michael Douglas
The star of King of California, Wall Street and Flatliners has blue blood. He is, in fact, 19th cousin once removed to the Queen. They share Edward III as an ancestor – not that any of that’ll get him anywhere the throne, mind – but it’s still a good claim to fame. And we know how Americans just love a bit of royalty.
2. Hugh Grant
Well, we’ve always suspected he was super-well-connected – and it doesn’t get much more impressive than being a descendant of Henry VII and James IV of Scotland, who were both 14th great-grandfathers. In fact, the star of About a Boy and Four Weddings and A Funeral can also count The Queen – who’s his 15th cousin once removed, Princess Diana, Catherine Middleton, King Henry VIII (as well as his wives Catherine Parr, Jane Seymour, and Anne Boleyn) among his distant relatives. Beat that!
3. Paris Hilton
We’re sure Her Majesty The Queen boasts to her innermost circle about being a 20th cousin of the US socialite. Especially, when she comes out with such life-enhancing quotes as, ‘Every woman should have four pets in her life: a mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything.’ Nice.
4. Robert Pattinson
The US-born, British Twilight actor can trace his roots back to Vlad the Impaler (the real-life inspiration for Dracula – couldn’t be better!) via the Royal Family, who also have a connection. Pattinson is also a distant cousin of Princes William and Harry on Prince Charles’ side, making Vlad a distant uncle of the two princes. Even more spooky, Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series of books on which the trilogy of movies is based, is also a distant cousin of William and Harry, meaning she, too, shares the link to the real-life vampire. Fang-tastic!
5. Ellen DeGeneres
Although she claims Kate Middleton won’t acknowledge the connection, the American comedienne and talk-show host is a 15th cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge. So, when Kate married into Royalty, she elevated Ellen to royal status – albeit somewhat remotely…
6. Tom Hanks
We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome into our Royal Family the mega-modest, megastar actor whose credits include Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, among numerous others. He’s a descendent, through his father’s side of the family, of King John of England, who was on the throne from 1199 to 1216. Plus, in a more contemporary connection, he’s a 24th cousin to The Queen.
7. Johnny Depp
Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow is a descendant of Sir William Gascoigne and Margaret Percy, who was the daughter of the 3rd Earl of Northumberland – in turn a direct descendant of King Edward III. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also a 20th cousin of The Queen, sharing with her a great-grandfather that goes back 19 generations. Who knew Royalty was so rock ’n’ roll…