Whaaaaat, couples in the British Royal Family is Related?
Most couples in the royal family including the late Queen Elizabeth ll and her husband are somehow related, find it weird? It's just getting started.
It costs a lot for royal families all over the world to preserve the harmony inside the family and the purity of their long-standing bloodline. Since the beginning of time, royals have wed their own cousins and relatives to foster closer ties within the family and/or to forge stronger political ties. Even though these strange marriages may not have astonished people in the past, the fact that the ritual is being practiced now may surprise many people. Following that, below are the royals who married their own relatives.
Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II
Source: History Extra
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband are second cousins once removed of King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins of Queen Victoria. King George V, a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, and Kaiser Wilhelm II were first cousins. Since King Christian IX of Denmark was their common ancestor, George V and Czar Nicholas II were first cousins. The three males were all fifth cousins of King George II. There isn't a royal family in Europe that you can hurl a rock without striking a cousin.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Harry and Meghan are actually very distant cousins, it turns out. Ralph Bowes was a High Sheriff in Streatlam, County Durham, where he was born in 1480. He lived from 1480 to 1518 and had Streatlam Castle as his family home. He was the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. On Prince Harry's side, the heritage dates back along the Queen Mother's line. Ralph Bowes, an Englishman, is the ancestor of Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, an Emmy-winning cinematographer.
Princess Caroline of Brunswick and King George IV
George IV was the son of King George III, Princess Augusta Frederica's younger brother. The fact that Caroline of Brunswick was Princess Augusta's daughter made the royal pair first cousins. Even though the two were married, their union was neither joyful nor successful.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Queen Victoria is renowned for her long reign and the numerous royal unions that occurred throughout Europe. She herself wed Prince Albert, a first cousin who shared the same grandfather, Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, in order to fortify the frontiers and preserve harmony between the royal families.
Franz Joseph I. and Austrian Empress Elisabeth
She was a member of the royal Bavarian House of Wittelsbach and, at the age of 16, married Emperor Franz Joseph I, a distant relative, to become Queen of Hungary. She was also known as Sisi, and she went to great lengths to preserve her beauty. But over time, she started to experience despair and developed anorexia.
Alexandra of Denmark and King Edward VII
Like mother, like son, King Edward VII also wed Alexandra of Denmark, a distant cousin. The two were third cousins because they were both born to Queen Victoria and had the same great-great-grandparents.
Mary of Teck and King George V
King George married his cousin Mary of Teck, just like his father King Edward VII, and grandmother Queen Victoria. George V was the great-grandson of King George III and the son of King Edward VII. Queen Mary and King George III were second cousins since they had the same line of ancestry.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Princess Diana and Prince Charles might be related. While the late Princess of Wales was descended from Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, a daughter of the 3rd Duke of Devonshire, Prince Charles is descended from a son of the 3rd Duke.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Source: Vanity Fair
Sarah Ferguson has a variety of connections to the royal family. Most obviously, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester's first cousin, Marian Montagu Douglas Scott, was her paternal grandmother. Princess Alice, who married Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, was an aunt of Queen Elizabeth II.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
It was originally a source of worry that William might wed a commoner, but the Middletons easily assimilated into royal life. Actually, Kate has some connection to the royal family. Frances Elizabeth Greenhow, her great-great-grandmother, was ten times great-granddaughter of Sir William Gascoigne. Lady Margaret Percy, the eldest child of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, was married to Sir William.
Through both of his parents, the Earl of Northumberland was descended from King Edward III. Prince Charles and Princess Diana also have a common relative in Sir William and Lady Margaret. That implies that the two are technically 14th or 15th cousins, depending on whose side of the family you consider.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are related, but not in the way you would assume. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke via her mother, Sarah Ferguson. Thomas William Coke, Jack's great-great-grandfather, also had a daughter named Lady Julia Coke. As a result, they are third cousins once removed, sharing a connection with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
How is this for a list? And here you thought that Game Of Thrones had icky relationships!