Forget proverbial Hollywood royalty. These stars actually have blue-blooded connections that go all the way up to Queen Elizabeth II.
By Aakanksha Devi
It’s a Guy thing
Famed Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie shares the same great-grandparents, David Martineau and Sarah Meadows, with now Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Ritchie, HRH’s sixth cousin, is also close friends with Prince William and even got an invitation to the royal wedding in 2011. Ritchie’s ex-wife, Madonna, is also found to be the fifth cousin of Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall while, Queen of 90s Pop, Celine Dion also hails from the same family.
When on the show, Who Do You Think You Are, Brooke Shields not only broke down about her struggles, but also learned that she is quite closely connected to English and French royalty. Having always known that she was linked to Irish aristocracy, Shields was surprised to hear that she is directly related to King Henry IV and that Louis XIV was a cousin, many generations removed. No wonder she wanted to avidly study French culture at university.
He made his name playing vampire Edward in the Twilight series, but Robert Pattinson is not just acting here. It comes naturally to him as he is a distant relative of the real-life historical inspiration for the character Dracula — Vlad the Impaler. Vlad was a member of the House of Drculeti, a branch of the House of Basarab, in the then Kingdom of Transylvania. And if that isn’t good enough for you to sink your teeth into, then maybe Pattinson being a distant cousin of Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, William will seal thisroyal connection. From cold-blooded to blue-blooded doesn’t seem a bad transformation for this young Brit.
Grant that wish
He could play an English royal any day and pass off as the real deal but, although he has sealed his spot as top British dog in Tinseltown, Hugh Grant has not one, but two connections to the monarchs of England. The Notting Hill star is reported to be related to Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor, on his maternal side while James IV, the King of Scotland is also a distantancestor. This makes him the 9th cousin of the current reigning monarch — Queen Elizabeth II.