10 Stars Who Are Related to Royalty
While many stars are arguably treated like royalty, there are some stars that actually have a royal lineage. Here is a list of stars that have blue-blood connections.
1. Barack Obama
Although this president faced many questions about his lineage, he has undeniable connections to royalty. The president of United States has royal ties to European rulers William the Lion of Scotland and Edward I of England. Despite this, Obama takes an equal stance on achieving success in America:
“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”
2. Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres may be talk show royalty, but she also has real royal connections. Ellen Degeneres descends from of King Edward III and is also distant cousins with Kate Middleton. The playful talk show host and former American Idol Judge is the 19th cousin, twice removed from the Queen.
3. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
These critically acclaimed siblings not only are stellar actors, they are blue-bloods. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal patrilineally descend from Edward III, the King of England. The king ruled England from 1327 until 1377. The siblings are 19th cousins from the Queen of England.
4. Paris Hilton
While this hard-partying heiress might act like a royal, she actually has royal ties. The reality tv star turned dj is a descendant of King Henry the II. She is also the 20th cousin to the Queen. Hilton certainly feels like royalty. She told Yahoo News: “There’s nobody in the world like me. I think every decade has an iconic blonde — like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana — and right now, I’m that icon.”
5. Brad Pitt
While Brad Pitt may be a dominant force in Hollywood, he also has royal connections. Pitt descends King Henry II. King Henry governed England from 1154-1189. He is also the 25th cousin of the Queen, twice removed. Pitt has uneasiness with being considered American royalty. He said that ”Fame makes you feel permanently like a girl walking past construction workers.”
6. Brooke Shields
This actress found fame in the 80s and recently found out about her royal lineage. Brooke Shields discovered that she was related to King VI of France on a geneaology television show , ”Who do you think you are?” The actress is the 18th cousin, once removed from the Queen.
7. Celine Dion
Although the singer may have a divine voice, she also hails from the lineage of the first king of France, Philip II, the very first King of France, who governed the country from 190 until his death in 1223. The singer will be apart of the film Muppets Most Wanted, which will make its debut in 2014.
8. Hilary Duff
The Cinderella story actress also has royal connections. Hilary Duff descends from King Edward III of England. She is the 18th cousin from the Queen.
9. Angelina Jolie
This Hollywood stunner is also related to royalty. Angelina Jolie is is a descendant of King Phillip of France by her maternal lineage, Marcheline Betrand. Jolie is the 26th cousin from the Queen.
10. Uma Thurman
The Kill Bill actress also has royal ties. Uma Thurma shares royal connections through her father’s side to King Edward I of England. She is also the 20th cousin, once removed from the Queen of England. The actress is rumored to be starring in Kill Bill : Volume 3.