Meghan Markle Geneology Results That Her Distant Relatives Are Shakespeare And Churchill

Wherefore art thou, Meghan Markle? The Duchess of Sussex apparently has ties to William Shakespears, according to the geneaology website My Heritage. While some might chalk it up to being much ado about nothing, the royal apparently is the Bard’s fifth cousin thirteen times removed. She also has distant ties to Winston Churchill! William Shakespeare wrote 10 historical plays focusing on the lives of the British royal family. We can only imagine what he’d write about the dramatic announcement of his distant cousin — Meghan Markle — and her husband Prince Harry about their royal ties.

The research carried out by MyHeritage.com found Meghan is the Bard’s fifth cousin 13 times removed on her mum Doria Ragland’s side. And Meghan, who was born in LA, is a sixth cousin five times removed of prime minister Churchill through British settler Zachariah Howe. Howe was born in Essex in 1640 before moving to Massachusetts in search of a new life. It was in the US he met wife, Sarah, née Gilbert, who was the daughter of Somerset-born Matthew Gilbert. Meghan is a distant descendant of their son, John, while Sir Winston can trace his lineage back to their daughter, Sarah Curtis. Aaron Godfrey, MyHeritage spokesman, said: “When we heard the wonderful news about Harry and Meghan’s engagement, we wanted to help Meghan discover some English roots of her own. Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement after a 16-month romance. Harry, 33, popped the question over a roast chicken with a stunning sparkler containing two diamonds from his late mother’s collection.

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