Tuesday, 28 June 2011

William is Kate's Mr Darcy: The Duchess is a relative of Jane Austen

William and Kate have shared a fairy tale romance thus far. You could say William is Kate's Mr. Darcy! It has emerged today that the Duchess of Cambridge is a distant relative of the amazing Jane Austen. Duchess Kate's family history has been researched tirelessly since the Royal engagement. Genealogy website ancestry.com made the fascinating discovery while tracing the Middleton's roots.

According to the site, Kate and Jane Austen are eleventh cousins, six times removed. Obviously a very distant relative but there is certainly a connection...... The link they share is none other than a 15th century ancestor, Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland who was later killed in The War of the Roses. (Also a relative of Pippa's close friend George Percy) Anastasia Harman, lead historian for ancestry.com said 'Finding this connection between the Duchess of Cambridge and Jane Austen is very exciting, since, in many ways, Catherine is the modern day Jane Austen heroine: A middle class girl marrying the future King of England. 
Jane Austen may have written about a happily ever after but it seems Catherine has found a non fiction hero to spend her life with - far past the epilogue'.
Austen is known for writing novels such as 'Pride and Prejudice', I'm sure you've all seen either the Keira Knightley version or Colin Firth's starring role as Mr.Darcy. Sadly Austen never married. No doubt if she were alive today she would love to write about the romance between William and Kate!

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