Even though the thought of marrying someone who might be related to you makes most of us horrified today, in fact it has been used to be done by nobles for centuries. So, while we know that some members of the royal family have married people who are related to them, precisely who it is and how they are related is where things become confusing.
One question that continues to emerge is about ex-couples, who divorced more than 20 years ago but are still living together today, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Here is the answer to whether the Duke and Duchess of York are related, plus some other royal couples that you may not know have the same ancestors.
Are Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson related?
The prince's ex-wife was born on October 15, 1959, from a noble family with blood ties to nobles.
According to Reader's Digest, he and Andrew are in touch through Fergie's paternal grandmother, Marian Montagu Douglas Scott, who is Princess's first cousin Alice Duchess of Gloucester, an aunt of Queen Elizabeth II and sister-in-law Mother Queen.
Prince Andrew and Ferguson married in 1986. They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.
Fergie is also associated with this princess
Another Royal Ferguson associated with was the late Princess Diana.
Both were fourth cousins because they were both descendants of William Cavendish, the Fourth Duke of Devonshire. The women lost contact for some time but were reconnected when Diana was 19 and Ferguson was 21. Actually Diana invited Fergie to an event at Windsor Castle where she and Andrew sat next to each other and really fit.
Relations between nobles and Princess Wales deteriorated for years. In 1996, Diana stopped talking to Ferguson and the two women never repaired before the tragic death of the princess a year later.
Other related nobles
The Duke and Duchess of York were not the only members of the royal family who married someone they knew.
In fact, Prince Charles is associated with his first wife, Princess Diana. Both were 16th cousins who had been appointed because they were both descendants of Tudor King, Henry VII. They are also said to be 7th cousins after being transferred. The Duke of Marlborough is one of the royal ancestors of Diana. Charles and Diana's children, Prince William and Harry, found that they also had a long relationship with their partner.
Elle noted that when planning their wedding in 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle discovered that they were actually distant cousins through the ancestors of Markle's father in the late 15th century and the Empress named Ralph Bowes.
Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, also have a common ancestor. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the 11th cousins who had been appointed through Sir William Blakiston, who was a Baronet. According to The Sun, they also had a distant relationship through Sir Thomas Leighton. British soldiers and politicians are 11-year-old noblesth the great-grandfather of the generation and Prince William 12th.
The most famous royal couples, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are also related. They were the second cousins who had been appointed through King Christian IX of Denmark and also a third cousin because they were both direct descendants of Queen Victoria who was their great-grandfather's ancestor.
Read more: Does Prince Charles Connect with His First Wife, Princess Diana?
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