All his predecessors became politicians and served as members of the parliament. She was more than twenty-five years his junior, but that did not prevent her from encouraging this rich and urbane nobleman with royal friends. ", "I have always regarded Ben as a royal name," I interposed. ", "Of course. "And the duPonts," I reminded him, ignoring the Yale question for I do not disclose some of my sources, "are simply unarguably an important American family no matter what you think.". Mrs Shand-Kydd, daughter of … However, the "final" links of Princess Di's line to Henry Spencer of Northants, d 1478 appears to be uncertain and not accepted by all. In 1601, he was made a Knight of the Garter, and created Baron Spencer of Wormleighton in the Peerage of England in 1603. Say "green pasture" or "field at sunset" or "stabled warm" in any company that speaks our most blessed language and you will see every eye fill up. In 1953, aged 17, Frances became engaged to Johnnie Althorp, 12 years her senior and heir to the Spencer earldom. The question seems to be difficult. He burst into laughter. They therefore took pride in fact that Lady Georgiana Spencer, who became the most glamorous female of her day as the celebrated Duchess of Devonshire, had a long affair with the Prince Regent, later King George IV, and gave birth to his child. This was that her great great grandmother Eliza Kewark was a dark skinned native of Bombay who had lived, without benefit of matrimony, with her great great grandfather Theodore Forbes while he worked for the East India Company. In Virginia it is true that old families are all related. The thing is that if her son becomes king of England he will be one-sixteenth American, the first time this has ever occurred. One was tempted, of course, to reflect on Prussian rug salesmen, but back to Work: "How closely related are the several thousand American relatives of the princess?" She has a tenth cousin working here at The Washington Post. In a sense you might say all scholarship is important, but how did you choose genealogy? "Perhaps we can postpone Jesse James," I ventured (for one of Reitwiesner's research papers is called "The Relationship of Lady Diana Spencer to Various Persons," and he underatandably kept tossing out names he thought would prove of interest. One became Earl of Sunderland, another the Duke of Marlborough when his uncle, only son and heir to the great John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, died. It doesn't' stop with Washington, … Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.The character is a founding member of the Justice League.The character first appeared in All Star Comics#8 in October 1941 with her first feature in Sensation Comics #1 in January 1942. Through five different lines Reitwiesner is her cousin, a twelfth cousin once removed, and Roberts is a quadruple twelfth cousin once removed and a double twelfth cousin twice removed of Lady Diana. In most families, however, one need not go back so far to turn up persons of immense eminence (at least as far as Aunt Maude is concerned). There he met Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt -- both men were greatly interested in horses, it was a bond between them. In 1865, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as the first Baron Fermoy by Queen Victoria. November 29, 2017 —Boston, Massachusetts —World renowned genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, Senior Research Scholar Emeritus at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has, together with collaborators, revealed that England’s future American Royal Bride is descended from royalty herself. They are Gary Boyd Roberts of Boston, a man so far gone in his specialty that he does nothing else and who tells me he makes a financially poor but otherwise rewarding living from ancestral research; and William Addams Reitwiesner, who has been with the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service for nine years and who states he is absolute dust beneath the chariot wheels there, but who loves the place which is so rich in material for genealogical research. Eliza's true race was expunged from the family tree and she reemerged as An Armenian. And if so, what is the point of knowing the precise relationship?". "Now about the invitations," I reminded him, "to the next big family gathering. "No," he went on after I had mentioned a friend of mine who is an American cousin of the princess, "it is virtually impossible that the first child of the royal union will be named Ben. John Spencer became feoffee [successor] of Wormleighton in 1469, and a tenant at Althorp in 1486. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died of injuries sustained in a car crash in Paris. Princess Diana was a second cousin, once removed, of American actor Oliver Platt. o. Ellen Strong -- we are about to hit pay dirt here -- was the daughter of Joseph Strong of Coventry, Conn., and Rebecca Young of Philadelphia. Princes Diana was also a fourth cousin, twice removed, of actress and comedian Miranda Hart. Diana Spencer herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Now many Americans find in their own families a great-aunt or a grand-mother or a great-uncle Will or some such person who is the family authority on gloire, and who can introduce into general conversation (at the proper time to startle people) the little tidbit that Charlemagne was a cousin on our mother's side and Caligula, oddly enough, on our father's. So close did they become that the king leased Maurice Park House, a ten-bedroomed house on the Sandringham Estate. There is a beautiful daffodil named 'Fermoy,' by the way, and by the way the Burke Roches do not use a hypen in their double name. Photo: AP, @diana.princess.wales @keishaomilana/ Instagram Style / Celebrity Rebel royals: From Diana to Japan’s Princess Mako, 5 princesses who broke royal protocol and lived by … She is a second cousin nine times removed of John Coke, a first cousin thirteen times removed of George Evelyn, a third cousin eight times removed of William Fairfax, a first cousin eleven times removed of William Berkeley, a sixth cousin ten times removed of Peter Montague, a fifth cousin nine times removed of Daniel Parke Custis. There are people who move in, who have not always lived there, and they are not related. . Are we not rightly known among all other nations as the ones who forgive almost anything except beastliness towards old animals (excluding people, of course, who are supposed to take care of themselves). Have you seen my work in 'Burke's Presidential Families' in which we trace the pedigrees of all American presidents through Reagan? They took greater pride in being descended five times from King Charles II, even though four of those lines of descent were illegitimate including his illegitimate son Henry FitzRoy, and when the second Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, they were thrilled that it was through them the Stuart blood was being reintroduced into the royal line. They are both ninth cousins of President Harding.". ", "But," I argued, "isn't it true that all people whose families have lived in the same geographical place a few generations are inevitably related, at least as closely as second cousin, to all others? In the late sixteenth century, Sir Robert Spencer represented Brackley in Parliament. Back to Work, I always say, and certainly said many times with these two genealogists. Although I knew there was this connection with Princess Diana I didn’t know until then what the relationship was.’ History: Joan Heather Powell (1917 … She is a first cousin six times removed of Nathan Hale. "How did you know I went to Yale?" The humble origins of the Spencers as sheep farmers once caused a heated exchange of words between wealthy yet then upstart Lord Spencer and the Earl of Arundel, whose ancestors had been Earls of Arundel since the thirteenth century. "When Work was 80," said Roberts, "he had a sick horse and spent all night in the stall with him.". She produced three children: Honourable Mary Cynthia, Honourable Frances Ruth, and Honourable Edmund James Burke. We may have faults -- certainly the English do -- but when the chips are down we may be described in a nutshell as men who slumber not when Crock of Gold is off his feed or breaks a leg or has to be put down. But the answer is simple. His nephew, another John, through trade in livestock and commodities, then bought both properties [Wormleighton and Althorp] outright, was knighted, granted with coat of arms on 26 May 1504, and so lay the bedrock for the family's fortune. An American teacher has begun the legal process to exhume the body of one of Princess Diana's dead relatives in a bid to prove she's related to her. First Published In 15 August 2007, The Real Diana. She is a first cousin six times removed of Nathan Hale. The American and Anglican honor is essentially identical. Emma Corrin hopes that The Crown viewers can appreciate the show for what it is.. Sources: The Four Presidents genealogy is from Ancestors of American Presidents, Roberts, 1995. Lady Diana has few southern connections in America, almost all Yankees.". There son, Edmund Maurice Burke Roche, the fourth baron, married Ruth Sylvia Gill. The Spencers are direct descendants, albeit illegitimate, of the House of Stuart, with the family boasting at least five lines of direct descent from the Stuarts; and from them, the Spencers trace their ancestry to other royal houses such as the Bourbons [a European royal house of French origin who ruled France and Navarre in the sixteenth century], the Medicis [an Italian banking family and a political dynasty that ruled the Republic of Florence], the Wittelsbachs [members of the family reigned as dukes, electors and kings of Bavaria in Germany], the Hanovers [ruled the electorate and then the Kingdom of Hanover in Germany], the Sforzas [a ruling family of Renaissance Italy], the Habsburgs [also known as the house of Austria], and the houses of Howard and Boleyn through Mary Boleyn, Mistress of Henry VIII of England. Needless to say her American great-great grandparents have other descendants besides Lady Diana; indeed, it is probable they did not have the throne of England in mind at the time they started having babies, and would be somewhat surprised that a king of England in say, the year 2020 would be their descendant. The genealogical connections are not the first to gain attention in the U.S. presidential campaign. There is not all that much Americans can do with Frank Work, fine man though he was, but once you start exploring his and his wife's relatives and going back a bit, you wind up with all those 17th century worthies. The Spencers claimed descent from a cadet branch of the powerful medieval Despenser family, but its validity is questioned. "I know people think genealogists are offbeat. She was a great-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great-great-grandchildren include Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and the American actor Oliver Platt. Lady Diana is one-fourth Scots, one-sixteenth Irish and Anglo-Irish, and one-eighth American. This Mr. Strong, who was a graduate of Yale in 1788, himself had 25 percent well-documented forbears who lived in New England in the period between 1623 and 1650. His descendants expanded the holdings through business dealings and marriage into the peerage. When he became the fourth Baron Fermoy, Maurice returned to live in England with the $3,000,000 which he had inherited from his indomitable but controlling grandfather. Desktop notifications are on   | Turn off, Get breaking news alerts from The Washington Post. Let me say that Bill here, though he is short, is not all that inbred," Roberts said, hoping he had not hurt Reitwiesnerhs feelings. Unfortunately for the Roches, he loathed foreigners and cut Fanny out of his will when she married one, reinstating her only after she left her husband in 1891 and returned home with her two young sons in tow. Diana's distant noble ancestors included the first Duke Or purchase a subscription for unlimited access to real news you can count on. The Roches were exceedingly good-looking family, with two of the most beautiful ancestral homes in Ireland, Cahirguillamore and Kilshanning, but through high living and gambling, they had dissipated their fortune and would have been completely broke had the second Baron's heir not married Franklin Work's daughter in the late nineteenth century. Now the princess' essential American connection is her great-great-grandfather, Frank Work, of Chillicothe, Ohio and later of New York; and his wife, Ellen Wood Work. First Published In 2005, Obituary Ruth Fermoy. Now this Mrs. Work was a daughter of John Wood of Shepardstown, W. Va., and Ellen Strong of Philadelphia. Sheep from their pastures were purchased for breeding and it is probable that the family’s success as farmers was rarely equalled in the century. At one point Frank Work was in trouble and asked the commodore for financial advice, which he took and which was excellent. The rest is … Written By Richard K. Evans. But I certainly expect that once the princess of Wales' American connection becomes generally known we shall see half of this continent boarding Concordes and steamers and open rafts to sail to London -- to sail to the palace -- to have tea with the family. This was the first time Diana got to wear a tiara and she kept to her roots, choosing the Spencer family tiara. he was demanded. Diana, Princess of Wales’s style legacy lives on through her campy knitted jumpers, monster-collared blouses and the trouser-boot tuck. He is a preeminent authority on the influence of Syrian and Armenian families in the German noble houses. Most of them are seventh to tenth cousins. Princess Diana reportedly had her fair share of fleeting affairs, but there was only one man she fell head over heels for: Hasnat Khan, a 36-year-old Pakistani heart surgeon. The rest is English, except for bits and pieces of other things," Roberts concluded. While Ruth could adopt the latter, there was no way she could invent the former. Probably the elevators work out there and you can probably get cream that actually whips and there is much to be said for it.". But I was sure it was what he meant.]. We spoke briefly on the crosses one must bear -- one is hardly responsible for one'e forbears -- and Roberts mentioned that other American (Wallis Warfield of Maryland) associated with the British royal house. The Spencers have been farmers since pre-Tudor times, coming to prominence in Warwickshire in the fifteenth century. Lady Diana herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. His daughter, Frances Ellen Strong, who was the princess, great-grandmother, married James Boothby Burke Roche, the third Baron Fermoy. Her ancestry includes many royals and nobles.. oThe Crusades, you know.". Lord Spencer then instantly replied: "When my ancestors as you say were keeping sheep, your ancestors were plotting treason.". At least we are absorbed in our work, we are dedicated. All you have to do is go back yourself until you hit one of them and you have it made. For that matter we do not abandon Old Pearl long after she no longer pulls the plough. Here is … "All American do.". He thought a newspaper hack would rise to that bait. "I said something about inbreeding making people short. Also let me say that "cousin" is one of the most valuable words in the language since it covers relationships that may be extremely close genetically and also covers relationships so remote as to be astronomical. This fiction was maintained even When Lady Diana married the Prince of Wales. Written By Lady Colin Campbell. Otherwise they might say please go get lost when you ring the bell. To be quite sure that one is related to persons of consequence it may in some cases be necessary to go back to Adam. "Tell me," I said, "how you answer the reproaches you say you keep getting, that you are spending your life on trivia matters of genealogy. Although the Prime Minister forbade the marriage, thereafter the Spencers remained close to the throne, enabled in no small measure by the vast fortune Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, left to her favorite grandson, the second Spencer grandson who lost out on the titles of Sunderland and Marlborough. Perhaps Armenia is the only country whose … The 24-year-old actress was a guest on Tamron Hall on Monday, Nov. 16, to discuss her role as Princess Diana … Lady Diana is one-fourth Scots, one-sixteenth Irish and Anglo-Irish, and one-eighth American. Roberts said the new princess of Wales has few southern connections in America, almost all Yankees. The Ancestry Of Diana, Princess Of Wales. And so, at twenty, she married him and went on to have a wonderful life in the lap of luxury. "I'm a quarter American, a quarter Irish and half Scottish." "Well, don't count on it. "Actually, he is a great authority on continental European genealogy. She is a 24 th generation descendant of King Edward III, a medieval monarch of England who died in 1377. His title, Earl Spencer, along with the title Viscount Althorp, of Althorp in the County of Northamptonshire was officially created in the Peerage of Great Britain on 1 November 1765. Nor did they fuss whether the connection was legitimate or illegitimate. She remained closely involved with the Festival for twenty-five years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron. as a young man, but he went to New York to seek his fortune. It is surprising that Armenian connection is so strong and work wonders. If you are indeed a cousin, I reckon the Windsors are like everybody else and are resigned to receiving you when you drop in. [He did not actually say this. A mere baron might sound far from the throne, but not really: Just over a century after Work traded her money to the aristocracy, her great-granddaughter Diana became the Princess … . "Oh," is the usual response to this information. American genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts said: "If Lady Diana's son becomes king of England, he will be one-sixteenth American, the first time this has ever occurred. One of the richest women in England, she offered the cash-strapped King George II £100,000 [about $50 million today] for the hand of his son and heir Frederick, Prince of Wales, for her favorite granddaughter Diana Spencer. His proviso while doing so was that she cease using her titled married name and agree not to return to Europe for the remainder of her life. Bits and pieces? Diana Spencer herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Instantly the question arises -- for one would not wish to barge in on the royal couple unless one were truly of the family -- whether one is a cousin or not. At which point family archivist generally takes over the conversation and things go down hill from there. Diana was born into the British Spencer family, different branches of which hold the titles of Duke of Marlborough, Earl Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, and Baron Churchill. They understand that the fount of all honor and privilege was The Crown. When Franklin Work died, however, his Harvard-educated grandson overturned his will through the courts. Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary's Hospital in London with Prince William on June 22, 1982. ", "Is that worse," I inquired, "than peddlers and moneygrubbers marrying peddlers and moneygrubbers as in New England? The latter divisive styling flourish has seen a resurgence this season owing to the popularity of Chanel’s pirate boots (yes, swashbuckling got stylish) and Wellington boots (the tall outdoorsy update to Bottega’s cult stompers). Princess Diana opted for a matching Versace coat and skirt during a visit to Liverpool in 1995, and finished off the look with a Dior handbag. The Wonder Woman title has been published by DC Comics almost continuously except for a brief hiatus in 1986. Princess Diana's hidden Irish roots On the eve of what would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday, Ryle Dwyer reveals her hidden Irish connections. In 1995, a little less than a year before Charles and Diana's official divorce, the Princess of Wales confirmed the affair in a famous interview with BBC's Panorama. For the appearance, Diana had selected a black strapless taffeta gown for a gala at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, which … It was while Ruth was a student at the Paris Conservatoire of Music that she met Maurice. She is a first cousin six times removed of Nathan Hale. "The duchess of Windsor was very well connected indeed with big Maryland families, we have always thought. Both Roberts and Reitwiesner, I am happy to say, are in the family. And so they are, but the task here is to pin down the essential blood relationship by which Americans may be guided in their future dealings with the Windsors). ", "New England is where they have Yale," he was reminded, "and where they exalt anybody that ever built a shed.". Diana, Princess of Wales (née Diana Spencer) was born into a British noble family. In fact I have a theory that when the old Eastern families kept marrying one another it made people rather short, and when they moved out in the 19th century they got new blood and started getting taller. On 17 September 1931, Baron Fermoy [later became Mayor of King's Lynn] married Ruth Sylvia Gill, daughter of Colonel William Gill from Bieldside in Bleek Aberdeen in the North of Scotland, making her a Baroness. I am doing what I can." The Churchills were so much more famous and eminent that the Spencers became the secondary branch of their own family, and even lost their earldom, which was absorbed in the dukedom of Marlborough and has subsequently been used by the eldest son of the duke's heir, the Marquis of Blandford. He did not regard her family as especially notable. That loss notwithstanding, the Spencers flourished throughout the eighteenth century. "She has a second cousin living on Oliver Street here in Washington. For the two hundred and fifty years that separated the abortive and the successful Diana Spencer's possible assumption of the position of Princess of Wales, the Spencer family was assiduous in cultivating any link that brought them closer to the throne. Today, we remember the British princess and her Irish roots. Printed By Clifford Press, Coventry. Written By Henry Mitchell For The Washington Post. "What a thing to say," I cried. He then carried this interdict further, and left her twin sons, Maurice and Francis, portions of his fortune only if they became American citizens and remained in the United States for the remainder of their lives. William's late mother, Princess Diana, and great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, also were Washington's cousins. "What are you laughing about?" After John F Kennedy Jr met with Princess Diana at her hotel suite in New York in 1995, it was rumored the two were having a secret affair. The Baroness did play the piano in public occasionally after her marriage, most notably with Josef Krips at the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, and with Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra at King's Lynn in 1966. Reitwiesner, the one that likes to make trouble, appeared to be enjoying himself, but provided, after all, some quite respectable American connections for the princess: She is a second cousin 12 times removed of Lewis Burwell of Virginia, his researches have disclosed. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, the great duke's widow, had for many years been regarded as Queen Anne's closest friend and lover. This is well understood in Virginia, Tennessee, Carolina and elsewhere. Diana, Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. Who can doubt I am closely related to Mr. Roberts the genealogist and who can doubt he will have me inside Buckingham Palace within the year? Now then. "You can do worse than spend your honeymoon in the gentle green landscape of Ohio. Needless to say, Lady Diana has a slight American connection some generations back. Thereafter, generation after generation of Spencers were appointed equerries and ladies-in-waiting to royalty, culminating with Lady Diana's father being an equerry to King George VI and, later, to Queen Elizabeth II, and her grandmother Cynthia, Countess Spencer, being a Lady of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Bedchamber as well as the love of  the then Prince of Wales's life before she accepted Lady Diana's grandfather Albert Edward John Spencer's proposal of marriage in 1919. In fact, the only thing that put them beyond the ordinary was the secret they kept hidden. During a debate in the House of Peers, Lord Spencer was speaking about something that their great ancestors had done when suddenly the Earl of Arundel cut him off and said: "My Lord, when these things you speak of were doing, your ancestors were keeping sheep." First Published In 10 July 1981, The Spencer Family Coat Of Arms, Granted On 26 May 1504, George John, Second Earl Of Spencer, Whose Notable Ancestors Include King William I Of England, Princess Diana's Paternal Grandmother Countess Cynthia Spencer And Her Father Johnnie In 1924, Princess Diana's Maternal American Great Grandmother Fanny, Princess Diana's Parents Johnnie And Frances In 1954, Princess Diana With Her Maternal Grandmother Baroness Fermoy In 1982. Ah, Birth and breeding tell. Princess Diana’s paternal three times great … The result was that the Churchill family are not really Churchills at all, but Spencers who added the surname Churchill to their own. 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