Are Prince William and Kate Middleton cousins? Is there a skeleton in the closet that has been deliberately kept from the public? It appears that the Prince and Middleton may indeed be distantly related.
The UK Daily Mail reports that their common ancestor was actually a murderer, but he did have some royal connection. What a shock!
So, who links the couple? He is none other than Sir Thomas Leighton. Leighton served as an Elizabethan soldier as well as the Governor of Guernsey. Leighton is Prince Williamâ€™s 12 generation great grand-father, and he is Middletonâ€™s 11 generation great grand-father. The two are indeed 12 cousins once removed.
According to the Daily Mail, Leighton was awful, and he made life hellacious for those he ruled. However, he was a gentleman, which should give critics of Middleton a pause. Oddly, there is no surviving portrait of Leighton even though his wife was the Queenâ€™s cousin.
So, what does this mean? Not much. However, it is great fodder for gossip. The Palace has yet to announce the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, an announcement is expected to come any day now.
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