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.
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
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 has some royal blood
Pitt is 25th cousin to King Henry II
King Henry II ruled England in the 12th Century
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
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