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Royal Rivalry: How King Henry VIII ‘Called for Head of Meghan Markle’s Ancestor’

Posted by Jean-Yves on Aug 7, 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may be happily married, but the Duke’s ancestor, King Henry VIII, once demanded that one of the Duchess’ forefathers be beheaded.

Amateur historian Michael Reed looked into how the Duchess of Sussex’s family tree was connected to Tudor England. He claimed Meghan is related to John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, who was born in 1465, through her white father, Thomas Markle. He was knighted after displaying his loyalty to Henry VII, at the Battle of Blackheath in 1497.

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Surely Henry vlll only had two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, both who died childless, and one son who died as a young boy, so how is he Harry’s ancestor?


Prince Harry is NOT an ancestor of Henry VIII, but he is an ancestor of two of Henry’s sisters, Mary, and Margaret, both of whom are direct ancestors of Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother. Henry VIII had no children who are directly related to Harry. Henry’s VIII’s father, Henry VII, had two daughters whose bloodline descends to Elizabeth II. Therefore, whilst it sounds more grand to say Harry’s ancestor was Henry III, that is clearly because women, even in Harry & Meghan’s time, are still pushed aside, not being recognised for their contribution to the world today. Elizabeth II should be made aware of this, as should Meghan. I can only imagine that Meghan would like to ensure that this inaccurate account is corrected, via her friend’s, before being passed into the offices of journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.


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