The concept of a commoner marrying into royalty has long captivated the public's attention. (See: Kate Middleton and Netflix's The Crown.) But not every union comes with such pomp and circumstance. Indeed, many people can trace their family lineage to a European monarch, and we have the proof, in celebrity form.
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These celebs are either descendants of kings and queens, or married into a royal family, like Diane von Fürstenberg, who married Prince Egon of Fürstenberg in 1969, earning the title of Princess Diane of Fürstenberg. While many are familiar with DVF's royal roots, you might be surprised how many other celebs have a connection to the throne. Here, nine famous faces you might not have realized were royal.
1. Diane von Fürstenberg
DVF married German Prince Egon of Fürstenberg in 1969, and although they divorced a few years later, she kept her royal surname.
2. Angelina Jolie
Hollywood royalty meets British royalty with Jolie, who is Queen Elizabeth's 26th cousin through Marie of France, Duchess of Brabant, who was the daughter of King Philip II of France.
3. Ellen DeGeneres
After doing some digging, DeGeneres learned that she is Kate Middleton's 15th cousin, as well as Queen Elizabeth II's 19th cousin twice removed. So, technically, the comedian is related to both Prince William and his wife, and somehow she didn't manage to score an invite to the 2011 wedding.
4. Grace Kelly
Kelly famously said "I do" to Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, making her a royal through marriage.
5. Brad Pitt
Pitt is a direct descendant of King Henry II, who ruled over England from 1154 to 1189, making him Queen Elizabeth's 26th cousin, twice removed.
6. Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal
Our favorite Hollywood siblings can also trace their lineage back to royalty as descendants of Edward III, the King of England from 1327 through 1377, making them the Queen's 19th cousins.
7. Hugh Grant
The London-born actor is a descendant of from Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor, as well as James IV, King of Scotland between 1488 and 1513.
9. Tom Hanks
Everyone's favorite dad is related to the royal family on his father's side and is a descendant of King John of England, who ruled from 1199-1216, making him Queen Elizabeth's 24th cousin.