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Could Ellen DeGeneres be headed to London for a certain springtime wedding?
Turns out the royal bride-to-be and the talk-show host are distantly related. An examination of Kate's background revealed that they are 15th cousins, Ellen announced on her show on Feb. 10.
DeGeneres read a letter she received from the New England Genealogical Society, which had been at work mapping Kate's history as she prepares to join the royal family. The society determined that the two women are connected via a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne.
Fairfax, who lived from 1475 to 1520, was a castle owner in London and at one time served on an expedition with Henry VIII. As with most women of the era, little is known of his wife, except for the fact that she had 12 children. So far, Ellen hasn't followed in her footsteps, though Kate's future motherhood is almost certainly assured, it being her royal duty and all.
DeGeneres is thrilled about the connection and wants to know where Kate is registered, noting that she lives near both a Pier 1 and a Target. And seeing as the two are now cousins, Ellen is also stepping up to her family role.
"Let me know if you need me to plan the bachelorette party," she quipped, "because I found some straws that were shaped like…well never mind."
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