Something that is frowned upon today, throughout history, it was a common thing – marrying a relative. Something that has been bothering a lot of people is if Prince Charles was related to Princess Diana, his first wife, or does he shares the same ancestors to his second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
They were actually related. They were 16th cousins once removed, and they both share the same ancestor, Tudor King, Henry VII. Some also stated that the two were 7th cousins once removed through William Cavendish, the 3rd Duke of Devonshire. The Duke of Marlborough also shared the same ancestors as Princess Diana. Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married in 1982. They separated in 1992, and officially divorced in 1996. In 1997 Princess Diana lost her life after a tragic car accident in Paris.Prince Charles and Princess Diana | Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles married Camilla in 2005. They are also related. Camilla’s great-grandmother was Prince Charles’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII’s mistress. They also have common ancestors via Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle, making them ninth cousins once removed.
Other related royals
Elle magazine stated that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are also related, through a late 15th Century ancestor of Markle’s father and the Queen Mother named Ralph Bowes, the High Sheriff of County Durham. Prince William and Kate Middleton share the same ancestor as well, through Sir William Blakiston, who was a Baronet, making them 11th cousins once removed. The Sun stated that they are also related via Sir Thomas Leighton. The English soldier and politician is the duchess’s 11th generation great-grandad and Prince William’s 12th.Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | Tim Rooke – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are also related. They are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and also third cousins as they share the same ancestor, Queen Victoria, their great-great-grandmother.