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They're related?!

Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton are linked by one of their ancestors and a person that England would love to forget!

Sir Thomas Leighton was a tyrant governor of Guernsey back in the 17th century and he was a very hated man — so much so that historians among others prefer to ignore he ever existed.

But he is William's 12th generation great-grandparent and Kate's 11th, making them 12th cousins, once removed.

Kinda icky — but we think it's far enough removed to where their future children won't come out all wonky!

What do U think?

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100 comments to “Incest!”

  1. 1

    Why doesn't this surprise me

  2. 2

    Not surprising at all. Back then people married their 1st cousins. You would be surpised how many 12th cousins are together. Especially in a place like England where the royality and high society people all intermarried to keep the bloodlines "pure"

  3. 3

    All of the Windsor royals are inbred. Check your history

  4. 4

    People do it all around the world. It's only "icky" in the united states…

  5. 5

    if you go back far enough, everyone is probably related somehow. So it isnt a big deal.

  6. 6

    All the royal families of Europe and most of the aristocrats are all related. This is not much of a stretch.

  7. 7

    shes hot d fuck her if she was my sister

  8. 8

    12th cousins is like nothing. Why is this even a story?

  9. 9

    and this is a big deal why? clearly you know nothing about history.

  10. 10

    Perez, honey– a great majority of the Royals are related from their common ancestors. I recommend that you Google Queen Victoria. Her children were wed all throughout Europe. So, yes, they're ALL related! Just sayin'

  11. 11

    you're a fucking idiot.

  12. 12

    It's probably complete bullshit, don't trust the daily mail!

  13. 13

    I am frightened at how unintelligent you are sometimes.

  14. Maio says – reply to this


    Well they better pray to the baby be born healthy. Or separate.

  15. 15

    1) He's royalty, she's upper class. Of course they're related.
    2) Guernsey =/= England.
    2) Nobody gives a shit.

  16. buck says – reply to this


    we also think that one taking it up the ass by another man is kinda icky too

  17. 17

    If your dog Teddy could talk, he'd explain icky is having your wiener up his doggy back door every night.

  18. 18

    The Queen married her 1st cousin, so I think they're good…

  19. klate says – reply to this


    Given that his grandmother and grandfather are WAY closer related than that I'm not sure he gives a damn.

  20. 20

    It's England, you idiot… EVERYONE is related one way or another.

  21. 21

    12th cousins? who cares?

  22. 22

    FDR and Elanor Roosevelt (both born with the same last name) were 5th cousins once removed.

  23. 23

    12th cousin…..really…..not that serious….

  24. 24

    "Future children won't come out all wonky"
    you are a bastard for even saying that.

  25. 25

    I think it must be a slow news day for you!

  26. 26

    I think if we all look into it deep enough you would be surprised how many people probably are married to 12 cousins….especially those families that grow up in smaller towns, whos children and cousins and whatever never move within a few miles of where they grew up….after so many years your bloodline eventually will take over the entire area and everyones kinda sorta related….so…in a weird odd way, I think it's common…

  27. 27

    majority of english lords, duchess' and generally royality are some what related its how they kept it all "in the family"

  28. 28

    Does anyone even KNOW who their 12th cousins are? Probably not.

  29. 29

    Ummm aren't the Queen and Prince Phillip even closer? We see how well their brood turned out!

  30. 30

    I would put money on Perez's parents being cousins, that's why he came out all wonky!

  31. 31

    My husband is probably my 12th cousin. I bet I'm more related to most people on this thread than Kate and William are.

  32. 32

    12th cousins, once removed? Practically brother and sister. Sick. Disgusting.

  33. 33

    Royalty is sooooo weird like that

  34. 34

    The Royal Family are interbred. Shock Horror! NOT!!!!!!

  35. 35

    Oh that's not a big deal. We're all related if you go back far enough. Me and Perez could be like 1,427th cousins twice removed for all anybody knows.

  36. 36

    12th cousins? Wow. Terrifying. Their children will be born with arms coming out of their heads. Ugh. Next!

  37. 37

    If anyone cared to do a little geneology research they would find they are most likely related in some way to 2/3 of the population.

  38. 38

    The current royals aren't related and their offspring are all " wonky" anyways!

  39. 39

    When I got married in the US they made sure my husband wasn't my 1st thru 3rd cousin; otherwise there is no physiological problems…. so 12th? I'm sure I can find a stranger and figure out we're that close.

  40. 40

    that was a really stupid article

  41. 41

    …that is not related….

  42. 42

    wonky? what the h? well at least u didnt say the ret word, thanks for that. (dont tell these guys but wonky made me laugh!) any way why do we care that they are cousins? the only thing I CARE TO REMEMBER RELATED TO WILLIAM AND WHATS HIS BROTHERS NAME? IS THEIR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER WHO WAS RIPPED FROM US WAYYYYYYYYYYYY TOO SOON. So unless u have something bout pretty Diana, dont tell us bout these two. OK?? P>S> its not like their gonna get married or something.

  43. 43

    Re: mattvoyager – You mean inbred. Interbred would be good and normal.

  44. 44

    One look at Prince William's face (close up) and it's OBVIOUS to anyone that the boy is seriously inbred. Harry looks more normal (but there is gossip that Harry is not Prince Charles' kid, but Di's lover's kid….ssshh!!). Royal families are BY DEFINITION INBRED. So of course this isn't surprising. They will just be inbred a little bit more if ole "waity Katie" gets her way. :D

  45. 45

    i'm sure if everyone one of us did a DNA test we're all related in some way as well.

  46. 46


    Oh wait, everyone, especially those of the same race, shares common ancestry. Grow up you 30 something cow.

  47. 47

    Re: Perez jumped the shark… – Which was not very well at all. This is not surprising. Figures…

  48. 48

    he is a Royal you idiot, he is suppose to keep it in the family, that is how it's been done for thousands of years.

  49. 49

    we are all son of god.

  50. 50

    Re: dialysisdarling – I know of a couple of first cousins that had kids. It is so weird. I couldn't decide which parent the kids looked more like and they looked like CLONES of both their parents. The kids also looked like CLONES of each other. It was just too damn weird. And sad.

  51. 51

    Go back far enough and you will see we are ALL related.
    The whole fucking planet is an inbred cesspool.

  52. 52

    His grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is married to her second cousin once removed.. his parents Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles were 7 cousins once removed..

    so 12th cousin?? that is very distant for monarchy.

  53. 53

    I also know of 3 siblings whose grandparents are first cousins. Two women and one man. They ALL LOOK LIKE CLONES of each other. The women look like the man in drag. It is so disturbing. They are also all really dumb. High school dropouts and whatnot. Genetically speaking, it is so bad to inbreed. Seriously. No matter if you come from a "small town" or whatnot. DON'T FUCK YOUR FAMILY!!!

  54. CnSF says – reply to this


    Go back to school Perez.

  55. 55

    Part of being a royal is the expectation to procreate with your cousins. Not exactly new news, but it's cool because I know that reading anything past a 7th grade reading level is way beyond your comprehension.

  56. 56

    o fcourse they're related. they need to keep the blood line pure. all royals and blue bloods do this.

  57. 57

    Dude, people who are a lot more closely related than 12th cousins once removed get married and have completely healthy children with no mental/physical deficiencies at all. In fact, most royalty in Europe are cousins of one another. It's disappointing you'd consider this news.

  58. 58

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! so they won't come out wonky :D

  59. 59

    um, 12th cousins. this is not icky. that is quite distant

  60. 60

    Perez's dad is actually his grandfather.

  61. 61

    no surprise most of these royal families are related, so they want to keep the royalty in the family. Talk about keeping it in the famimily ewwwwwwwwww.

  62. 62

    Re: mmh858 – yea funny i just said that.lol

  63. 63

    Perez - on the subject of wonky children, I presume that your parents were brother and sister?

  64. 64

    Re: My black circumcised baby! – Where the fuck have you been for the last 20 years? Harry's obviously not his kid.

  65. 65

    I'm sure if everyone in the world were able to trace their bloodlines back as accurately as the royal family can, we would find that MANY married couples are related by at least this degree, if not even closer. You could date or marry your 12th cousin without ever having any idea…

  66. 66

    I am probably Madonna's 10th or 15th cousin a few times removed. So what? I wonder if Mario and his hired scribes just act stupid or ARE stupid.

  67. 67

    I am probably Madonna's 10th or 15th cousin a few times removed. So what? I wonder if Mario and his hired scribes just act stupid or ARE stupid.

  68. 68

    12th cousins is nothing genetically speaking. There's no risk of problems with their children, or no greater risk than the general population.

  69. 69

    That happens a lot in royalty..

  70. 70

    Everybody shares common ancestors if you go back far enough. Somebody born in the 1600's could have thousands of descendants. It is not unusual at all.

  71. 71

    I think Charles and Diana were 7th cousins or something to that effect…royals used to only marry other royals (and even now they generally only marry upper-class people) so it makes sense.

  72. saff says – reply to this


    Queen Victoria and Albert were cousins, you effing American idiot.

  73. 73


  74. 74

    I personally find it disgusting but to each their own..

  75. 75

    wow did it never occur to you that the high society and royals are ALL related

  76. 76

    Everyone in England is related. Gah-rose

  77. alexi says – reply to this


    In the United States, legal bans apply only to first-cousin marriages and only in 30 states, although most Americans don't marry up to their second-cousins to avoid genetic problems and birth defects. 12th cousin is pretty safe. Also, most members of the British Royal Family are Anglicans and they believe that we all came from Adam and Eve, therefore, we're all related.

  78. 78

    Illuminati families in Europe all inter marry to keep their fortunes together. Prince William and his brother Harry WILL be prosecuted if their is a revolution during or after the coming depression. The House of Windsor is the most powerful Royal House in Europe, and the second most powerful is the House of Hanover. This is where the Primary Class A Shareholders of the Fedeeral Reserve in the United States sit. (Warburg, Rothschild, Oppenheimer, Schiff).

  79. 79

    Once upon a time, it was perfectly acceptable for first cousins to marry, within multiple generations. Royalty was/is about "keeping it in the family". Check your historical facts before you start bash talking. I know this is a gossip site, but you people are seriously ignorant.

  80. 80

    What's the big deal? In Alabama, people are fucking their sisters. Must be a slow news day for Perez…

  81. 81

    haha they're kids are gonna be like the banjo playing retard from deliverance

  82. 82

    Re: iamamaniac – I thought there was still some debate on the matter. So it's confirmed then?

  83. 83

    Re: iamamaniac – Actually you are wrong. There is still debate on this and I think he IS his kid. He just looks like his aunt and grandpa on his mom's side.

  84. 84

    The Queen and Prince Phillip are cousins also - wouldn't be worried that far back anyways.

  85. 85

    everyone's related according to the bible thumpers.

  86. 86

    its really no surprise.They all marry distant relatives. Even Diana was a distant cousin.

  87. 87

    12th isn't bad at all. I know a couple who were first cousins and they wed. Their daughter's a fucking bitch though.

  88. 88

    I think if u go back that far a lot of ppl will find links to eachother

  89. 89

    17th century? I'm sure some of us on here are related some how. To think of you in my family tree makes me want to saw the branch.

  90. 90

    Re: Maio – Ummm unions between first and second cousins, and anyone more closely related (brother and sister) are when there's a great risk for the kids to have problems… Not saying it couldn't happen between 4th, 5th, and so on but it's only really a risk if you're very closely related. It's seriously gross lol just saying that a baby between 12th cousins wouldn't be any more at risk of birth defeats than any other baby.

  91. 91

    in america it is legal to marry your second cousin.

    because there is almost no chance of inbreeding.

    12th cousin is a joke.
    thats like saying adam and eve were related witch is ok by the bible.

  92. 92

    Most blue bloods are related you idiot. Ever read Jane Austen???

  93. 93

    perez, for the love of god. i could be related to lindsay lohan for all i know. (not that i want to be or anything). deal with it.

  94. 94

    Re: Juicemarie – They both have the same Great Great Grandmother…That doesn't make them first cousins - at least in the UK it doesn't - probably does in the US though - where they marry their sisters…

  95. 95

    Re: klate – They both had the same Great Great grandmother - that doesn't make them "Way Closer related" we're talking going back over a hundred years ago twit!

  96. 96

    I'd bet that lots of people are married to their 12th cousins, they just don't know it because they don't keep detailed genealogies like the royal family does. The degree if relationship is negligible, nothing icky about it. We're all related if we go back far enough.

  97. 97

    Re: My black circumcised baby! – lol have you seen one of the guys that his mum had an affair with? There ain't ginger genes in her family, and there's none on his dad's side. His dad is James Hewitt. Google Images is your friend

  98. 98

    When cousins are as far removed as Wills and Kate, it's okay for them to marry. After all, Charles and Di weredistant cousins as well.

    As for the nimrods who go around talking this nonsense about Harry being the child of James Hewitt, try doing a side-by-side comparison of Hewitt, Harry, and Harry's Uncle Charles, the current Earl Spencer. I've found that Harry looks more like his uncle than Di's sloppy seconds.

  99. 99

    Oh come on! 12th cousins once removed is not icky, if we looked hard enough we'd all be realted and then we'd never have children. People marry way closer than that all the time with perfectly normal babies!

  100. 100

    Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR were 5th cousins, once removed. Perez take this down. This has been going on for centuries. I'd understand if they were brother and sister or 1st-2nd cousins, but any further and it's pretty normal.