Even if you know every outfit Kate Middleton has reworn and can name each of Queen Elizabeth’s corgis from memory, you probably never knew which celebrities are on the royal family tree. You read that correctly: beyond the beloved immediate family, there are plenty of actors, rock stars, and inventors who are related to the royal family. Who would ever guess that the already glamorous Windsor clan could have such a star-studded set of extended relatives?
Check out the video below to see all the celebrities who are related to the royal family.
Of course, there are reasons these tangentially regal celebrities may have slipped under your radar. It’s fair to say that some stars have only a drop of properly royal blood, diluted from generation to generation. Tom Hanks, for example, is a 16th cousin once removed from Prince William and Prince Harry. Suffice to say he didn’t grow up joining the Queen Mum for tea with that loose connection. However, climbing far up the family tree shows that he does in fact share a common ancestor through Sir William FitzHugh. You only have to go back several centuries, it’s all there!
Then there are the curiouser closer connections that have gone unnoticed. Did you know that Old Hollywood’s last living legend Olivia de Havilland is a 5th cousin, four times removed from the royal brothers? Which means fellow actress and sister Joan Fontaine is an almost-close cousin to William and Harry too.
Between the two women, the Windsors can claim to have a few Oscar-winners in their not too distant kin. You know, just in case the royal family hadn’t accomplished enough already, let’s add cinematic achievements to the list.
Wondering what other stars can claim to be royal in more than one country? Watch the video above to see which celebrities are distant cousins to the British royal family!