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Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Related To Royalty

Celebrities are in the public eye constantly. Most can’t leave their houses without someone noticing, unless they’re covered with dark, bulky sunglasses and an oversized hat. In June of 2015 Taylor Swift, arguably one of the most well known celebrities in the world right now, went to extreme lengths to avoid paparazzi‘s flashing camera for an entire hike by walking backwards. Using her security guards guidance to make the proper turns.

Another group of people not unfamiliar to being in the spotlight is royalty. In 1997 the entire world watched and grieved along with Prince Charles and his two boys when Princess Diana died in a car crash while in Paris. Bringing it back to today, most of the world saw when Diana’s eldest son, William, was married. William and Kate’s royal wedding was nationally televised to over 180 countries.

To try and pick which group is more watched by the public may be pointless. Both celebrities and royalty alike are famous in their own right. Most of the time the two completely different worlds don’t intersect, but sometimes they do.

Some of the most written about celebrities still have certain secrets, like being related by blood to distant and not-so-distant kings and queens. Maybe even the celebrity at the top of your favorites list has some royal blood running through their veins.

Tom Hanks

Hanks is related to the villain in Robin Hood

But fared better than his royal ancestor King John

King John ended up broke and Hanks is worth 350 million

Angelina Jolie

Jon Voight’s daughter isn’t just Queen of Hollywood

Angelina is descended from Marie of France, Duchess of Brabant

Brabant was the daughter of 12th Century King Philip II of France

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has some royal blood

Pitt is 25th cousin to King Henry II

King Henry II ruled England in the 12th Century

Johnny Depp

600 years ago Depp’s ancestor hooked up with the right person

He is related to the current British Monarchy

Being 20th cousin to Queen Elizabeth II

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jake and Maggie have both a King and a Queen for ancestors

Descending from English King Edward III of the 14th Century

The two are also 16th cousins to Queen Elizabeth II

Ellen Degeneres

Sir Thomas Fairfax married Agnes Gascoigne in the early 16th Century

connecting Ellen to a certain Duchess of Cambridge

Making Ellen Degeneres and Kate Middleton 15th cousins