Kate Middleton’s famous cousins — now including Dakota Fanning!

Kate Middleton is not only linked to the British royal family, the Duchess happens to also be cousins with numerous celebrities and historical figures!

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The Duchess of Cambridge sure is decked out in famous relatives. Kate Middleton is already linked to one of America’s founding fathers George Washington, General George S. Patton and Francis Scott Key, who famously penned “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Not to mention that the Duchess is actually related to her husband, Prince William, through their common ancestor King Edward I, making them 14th cousins! Neat, eh?

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But the list is far from over, Middleton is also related to a handful of celebrities, who will probably be very proud to boast about such relatively close links to the royal family. Check out some of Kate’s other famous cousins:

Dakota and Elle Fanning

Dakota Fanning
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It was recently discovered by Ancestry.com that Dakota and Elle Fanning are descendants of King Edward III, who ruled England in the 14th century. It was actually his declaration as heir to the throne of France in 1337 that kicked off the Hundred Years’ War. So, he’s a good guy. But this also distantly links them to the Middletons, making them Kate’s 21st cousins. Fun stuff, right?

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres
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During some fishing around for an invitation to Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding, it was unearthed that Ellen DeGeneres is actually the Duchess’ 15th cousin, through a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne. Sadly, DeGeneres didn’t get a wedding invite anyway, but she is still related to royalty!

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Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie
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Perhaps the closest link to the Duchess, film director and Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie is actually Middleton’s sixth cousin. Sixth! That’s close enough to be invited to a family get-together, right? We wouldn’t mind that kind of connection in our lives.

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