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40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better

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Rumor has it that Prince William and Duchess Kate are *both* distant relatives of Anne Boleyn.

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According to The Spectator, Kate Middleton is actually a descendant of Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn. Duchess Kate is a relative of Sir Thomas Leighton and his wife Elizabeth Knollys. Knollys was Anne Boleyn’s great-niece and also (allegedly) the illegitimate granddaughter of King Henry VIII himself! Remember Henry’s affair with Mary Boleyn before he married her sister Anne? That affair resulted in two illegitimate children, Catherine and Henry. Duchess Middleton is also said to be related to Catherine. So there are two Boleyn connections in the current monarchy! Prince William is also believed to be related to Sir Thomas Leighton — he is his 12th generation great-grandson! So that makes Kate and Wills … cousins?

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