WHEN Princess Diana tied the knot with Prince Charles in 1981, it seemed like a fairytale match.
But did you know that the royal couple were actually related, and were very distant cousins?
Getty – Contributor Princess Diana and Prince Charles were 16th cousins, once removed[/caption]
Princess Diana and Prince Charles were 16th cousins, once removed, and were both descendants of Henry VII.
The couple got married after being engaged for five months, and it’s reported that they had only seen each other 12 times before the big day.
Although they met when she was 16 in November 1977, when he was dating her older sister Lady Sarah, it wasn’t until 1980 at a polo game when they started seeing each other romantically.
Prince Charles proposed in February 1981 and they were engaged in July of that year.
Rex Features The couple tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in July 1981[/caption]
Getty – Contributor It’s reported that they had only seen each other 12 times before their wedding[/caption]
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Their wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by 750 million people worldwide, and Diana stunned in a spectacular gown with a 25ft train.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles aren’t the only royals to be distantly related, and Kate Middleton and Prince William have some ties.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are 12th cousins once removed and are related through Sir Thomas Leighton.
Sir Leighton is Kate’s 11th generation great grandad, and Prince William’s 12th.
AP:Associated Press The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are 12th cousins once removed[/caption]
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We also revealed breathtaking photos of Princess Diana’s grave site at childhood home on funeral anniversary.
And Prince Charles broke Princess Diana’s heart with this comment… and it’s what caused their marriage to go ‘down the drain’.