How Meghan and Harry are related through royal connection

Meghan and Harry are now back in their home in Vancouver, Canada alongside baby Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in their spectacular May 2018 royal but, after two successful royal tours and the birth of their son, they announced their departure from royal life earlier this month. However, although Harry and Meghan are no longer part of the working Royal Family, the pair do share a genealogical royal connection. 

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The couple are actually distantly related, through an ancestor of the Queen Mother. 

The Queen Mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, was the daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

One of the Bowes Lyon family seats was Streatlam Castle in County Durham. 

The castle was originally home to the High Sherriff of County Durham in the 15th century, Ralph Bowes, whose grandson Christopher Hussey moved to the New World in 1632, helping to found Nantucket, Massachusetts. 

Meghan Markle and Prince HarryThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Image: Getty)

Elizabeth Bowes Lyon and the Duke of YorkThe Queen Mother's portrati with her parents seated left (Image: Getty)

Meghan traces her family lineage through her father’s side back to New England, and Christopher Hussey. 

This common ancestor makes Harry and Meghan 15th cousins. 

However, Meghan has other illustrious figures in her family tree, too. 

READ MORE: How Charles has built in a way back into Royal Family for Harry

Prince Harry and the Queen MotherPrince Harry pictured with the Queen Mother in 1999 (Image: Getty)

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