When it comes to television chat shows, Ellen DeGeneres is both royalty and TV royalty
But her regal status goes further than that – she is actually a cousin, albeit a distant one, to the Duchess of Cambridge, the mother of the future king of England.
According to the New England Genealogical Society, Ellen and Kate Middleton are 14th cousins, related through Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne, who lived in the United Kingdom in the early 1500s.
And Ellen is planning on making a beeline for Kate Middleton so her kinswoman can no longer ignore their bond.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her show Lorraine, Ellen confirmed the “relationship”.
“I am related to Kate Middleton. She refuses to acknowledge it,” she said. “I don’t know what’s happening but I’m not invited to any of their holidays.”
Explaining how she discovered the royal lineage, Ellen said: “Someone did my charts, the lineage, and she is my 14th cousin twice removed. It’s not like three times removed, right?
“I’m also related to Halle Berry and Madonna,” she continued. “Both of them embrace it, why wouldn’t Katie?”
Ellen’s openness about her sexual orientation – she married her partner, 43-year-old Australian actress Portia di Rossi, in 2008 – has earned her the love of millions of female fans.
“It’s just who I am,” she says. “I don’t want to try to pretend that I am anything other than this.”
Ellen is also well aware of the influence she wields on her show.
“I don’t think about the fact that I have a lot of power, but I do know I have a lot of eyeballs on me every day,” she says. “So I am careful.”
She certainly has that in common with cousin Kate.
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