9 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related To Royalty

Beyoncé is called 'Queen Bey' for a reason

With the announcement of Kate Middleton’s third royal baby fresh on our minds, we take a look at which Hollywood stars are secretly related to royalty.

From Beyoncé to Madonna, there’s a reason these famous faces have outlasted the rest: they were destined to reign. 

1. Paris Hilton 

Paris Hilton

We’ve always known Paris to be Hollywood’s biggest princess but little did we know that her dad’s side of the family shares ancestry with Henry II and that she’s in fact Queen Elizabeth II’s 20th cousin.

2. Madonna 


The world’s biggest pop princess is actually ninth cousins with a real life princess – Camilla Parker Bowles. Both Madonna and Camilla are descendants of one of Canada’s most influential families.

3. Tom Hanks 

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks officially became a part of the Hollywood royal family after his infamous role as Forest Gump, but it seems that Hanks was royalty long before that as his family are descendants of King John of England and is in fact 24th cousins with Queen Elizabeth II. Hanks even reportedly attended Princess Diana’s funeral.

4. Ellen DeGeneres 

Ellen Degeneres

Everyone’s favourite queen of talk shows is related to everyone’s favourite Duchess, Kate Middleton. Ellen is the Duchess of Cambridge’s 15th cousin. 

5. Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

One of the world’s biggest (and hottest) actors just got bigger (and hotter) after we found out that he’s related to none-other than King Henry II.

6. Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Just when you thought everyone’s favourite childhood sweetheart couldn’t get any cuter, we’ve just discovered she’s Queen Elizabeth II’s 18th cousin.

7. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Hollywood’s biggest bad boy has blow us away time and time again with his ability to shift from character to character, but one character he’s yet to play is himself as a royal! Johnny Depp is said to be Queen Elizabeth II’s 20th cousin. 

8. Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t been able to get over your deep obsession with Jake Gyllenhaal’s dreamy eyes – we have the answer! Jake Gyllenhaal is a descendant of one of England’s longest reigning kings, King Edward III. 

9. Beyonce 


Yes, you read (and saw) right, Queen Bey just got more royal with the discovery that she’s Queen Elizabeth II 25th cousin.

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