Meghan Markle, 36, is set to marry Prince Harry, 33, on Saturday, but new research has revealed an extraordinary list of direct royal descendants dating back hundreds of years.

They include King Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, who is buried in the very place Meghan will marry Harry on Saturday, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Has this royal history been instrumental in her transition from Hollywood actress to rumoured new title, The Duchess of Sussex?

Perhaps the most famous of Meghan’s relations is Jane, Queen of England from 1536 to 1537 and the third wife of King Henry VIII.

Jane was a 2nd cousin to Isabel Hildyard, Meghan’s 12th great-grandmother.

Rumoured to have been Henry’s favourite wife, Jane was highly praised for her gentle, peaceful nature, being named as “the Pacific” by the Imperial Ambassador Eustace Chapuys for her peace-making efforts at court.

Jane came after Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded in May 1536.

In fact, she and Henry became engaged just one day after Anne’s beheading.

Having worked closely with charitable organisations including World Vision and the UN, Meghan’s humanitarian goals mirroring Jane Seymour’s efforts may not be such a coincidence.

Jane was the only one of Henry’s wives to be given and Queen’s burial.

Ancestry’s genealogists have unearthed a calligraphic chart which shows that one of Meghan’s ancestors is Lionel of Clarence who was the 3rd son of King Edward III, King of England and Lord of Ireland from January 1327 until his death.

Noted in history as one of the most formidable kings in British history, Edward III is renowned for his military success and for restoring royal authority.

Meghan is also related to Sir Phillip Wentworth, a prominent English knight who fought for King Henry IV.

Wentworth had a long list of noble titles including Usher of the King’s Chamber, King’s Sergeant, Esquire of the Body, King’s Carver, Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk (1459–1460) and Knight of the Shire for Suffolk – all hard working yet vital positions that supported the monarchy.

Thomas Clifford (Meghan’s 17th great-grandfather) was the Master of the King’s Horses under Richard II and John Clifford (Meghan’s 16th great-grandfather) was 7th Baron de Clifford.

Family History and DNA Expert Russell James at Ancestry.co.uk said: “With so many notable royal descendants, we’re confident that Meghan is poised to take to her new role with ease and grace.

“The world is clearly watching her every move as she transitions from Hollywood actress to royal Duchess, but seeing the many ways in which her royal relatives could inspire her, it’s clear she will be a wonderful addition to British Royalty.”

Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is set to take place on Saturday.

However, Meghan Markle’s dad is apparently suffering from a heart condition which might prevent him walking her down the aisle. 

Meghan Markle and Harry made a “deeply personal” statement after father’s heart attack news. 

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