King Henry VIII reportedly ordered the beheading of Meghan Markle’s ancestor

Meghan Markle was recently spotted on a flight from Toronto to London after wrapping up the filming of Suits. Nicholas Hunt/Getty
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just got engaged.
  • The couple appear to be closer connected than we first thought.
  • An Australian teacher and amateur historian claims to have found evidence of a link between Meghan Markle and the Tudor royal family.
  • Michael Reed traced Markle’s lineage back to Lord Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, a wealthy landowner under the Tudor king.
  • Henry VIII ordered the beheading of Hussey after he was found guilty of treason.

After months of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have just announced their engagement. Clarence House reported on Monday that the couple will marry in Spring 2018.

News of the next royal wedding was said to be imminent after gambling companies stopped taking bets on when the engagement will take place on Thursday.

And the pair appear to be closer connected than we realised.

First we heard that American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are apparently distant cousins. The pair are said to be connected by the High Sheriff of County Durham Ralph Bowes, making them 15th cousins. Now, it appears Markle’s lineage has another royal connection, but with a more grisly end.

A forebear of Meghan Markle’s was beheaded on the orders of King Henry VIII, Prince Harry’s royal ancestor, according to a study reported in The Telegraph.

Lord Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of Sleaford, was a wealthy landowner under the Tudor king, but lost his land and was executed after being found guilty of treason. He was also the great-great-great grandfather of Captain Christopher Hussey,who moved to the US in 1632, helping to found Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Ten generations down the lineage in America Thomas Markle was born, who married Doria Ragland and went on to produce Rachel Meghan Markle in 1981.

Lord Hussey was originally knighted for his loyalty to the monarch in the Battle of Blackheath, the paper reports, but his fall from royal favour came after the 1536 rebellion of the Pilgrimage of Grace, for which he was found guilty of treason.

He was first held prisoner in the Tower of London and later executed by way of beheading.

The connection was first unearthed by Michael Reed, an Australian and amateur historian.

Reed is quoted in The Telegraph saying: “You can’t just look at one parent. You must look at both sides to get the full picture.

“It’s incredible that Meghan’s great-great-great maternal grandfather was a slave and the other great-great-great paternal grandmother was a New Hampshire landowner, who had royal blood.”

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Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada Chris Jackson/Getty Images