Meghan Markle is related to an extremely high profile name

And we never knew...

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And we never knew...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made news earlier this year as they stepped down from their roles as ‘senior’ members of the royal family, becoming financially independent.

The Sussex couple lost their HRH titles and their Sussex Royal brand and moved across the pond, relocating to Los Angeles, California, where they are currently observing the quarantine as a family of three.

It wasn't their new property, their A-list neighbours or even Meghan surprising everyone with her 'perfect' Spanish that has made the most news recently.

Instead, the Duchess of Sussex got the world talking for the most unlikely reason as it emerged that she was related to a very high profile figure.

Of course, from marrying into the Mountbatten-Windsors, Meghan now has many high profile relatives to her name, but it appears that the former Suits actress had some well known relatives of her own before meeting Prince Harry.

Yes, really. According to MyHeritage, Meghan is distantly related to none other than Winston Churchill, the former British Prime Minister, with the duo reported to be sixth cousins, five times removed.

And it's not just Winston Churchill, with Meghan also reported to be a distant relative of William Shakespeare, with the iconic playwright said to be her fifth cousin, 13 times removed.

Well, this is the Meghan Markle news we certainly weren't expecting.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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