Skip to comments.Prince William has Indian heritage, DNA proves
Posted on 06/14/2013 7:16:26 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
LONDON: Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, will be first British king with proven Indian ancestry, DNA analysis has revealed.
The DNA analysis of saliva samples taken from the Duke of Cambridge's relatives have established a direct lineage between the 30-year-old prince and an Indian housekeeper on his mother Princess Diana's side.
It is his only non-European DNA and means he will become the first head of the Commonwealth with a clear genetic link to its most populous nation - India.
William is now likely to be encouraged to make his debut mission to India soon after the birth of his baby next month.
Researchers have uncovered the details of his lineage via a doomed relationship of William's Indian great-great-great-great-great grandmother.
Eliza Kewark was housekeeper to Prince William's great grandfather Theodore Forbes (1788-1820), a Scottish merchant who worked for the East India Company in the port town of Surat in Gujarat.
Eliza's mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was passed on by her daughters and granddaughters directly in an unbroken line to Princess Diana and then on to Prince William and Prince Harry.
Eliza is claimed to have been Armenian, possibly because her surname is rather like the Armenian name Kevork and letters from her to Forbes have been found which contain Armenian script.
This in turn suggests a degree of Armenian cultural heritage and the possibility that her father may have been of Armenian descent.
"But we believe that all the evidence we have gathered shows that her genetic heritage through her motherline is Indian," Britains DNA, a DNA ancestry testing company, said in a release.
"Princes William and Harry carry Eliza Kewark's markers but will not pass this Indian mtDNA onto their children, as mtDNA is only passed from mother to child," it added.
Jim Wilson, a genetics expert at the University of Edinburgh and Britains DNA who carried out the tests, said that Eliza's descendants had an incredibly rare type of mtDNA, inherited only from a mother.
It has so far been recorded in only 14 other people, 13 Indian and one Nepalese.
The revelation explains why the Scottish father of Eliza's children suddenly deserted her and sent their daughter, Katherine, to Britain at the age of six
The poor kid is starting to look like his Dad.
I’ll believe it when he gets hired to be the face of 7-11.
Do they even have 7-Elevens in the UK?
So, if it's not that Indian it's gotta' be another Indian ~ and a female to boot!
The term "Scottish merchant in India" means "Sailor on shore leave in India" ~ lots of 'em.
From The Daily Mail, UK.
Now the fifth daughter on the twelfth night
Told the first father that things weren’t right.
“My complexion,” she said, “is much too white.”
He said, “Come here and step into the light.” He says, “Hmmm you’re right.
Let me tell second mother this has been done.”
But the second mother was with the seventh son
And they were both out on Highway 61.
The British version of the uhhh..."African American" in the woodshed...
This statement needs further explanation. Were they not married? Was there another wife in England? Was there any Armenian DNA found? Did the researchers look for that? What happened to the other children? So many questions....inquiring minds....
“Do they even have 7-Elevens in the UK?”
I don’t know. But I think it would sure play well over here.
All this DNA testing in a way is messing up natural selection.
How about a DNA test for King Obama?
I was on a cruise on which Rita Dove (Clinton's poet laureate) was a speaker. She had done a book-long poem that got into a thing about Charles Hightower, a fraudulent "black prince" who was a helluva violin player.
There's some evidence that she mentioned that not only did Jefferson go to a Charles Hightower concert while he was in France, but that Sally Hemmings was on that trip and in that audience. I don't know if that aspect is true, but I do tend to believe that Sally Hemmings did father some Jefferson children.
The real question is: “How’s his German?” — the male ancestry of the “British” royal line traces to Germany with some of his ancestors speaking better German than English well into the 20th Century.
Wasn’t Jefferson himself, though.
A frisky son or brother?