cucumberRoyal baby season, and everybody thinks Kate’s vagina is the hippest place to be. So AFP is running a piece on the genealogy of the future king of the Commonwealth, including some typical Muslim folklore.
Even before the birth of the new British royal baby to Prince William and his wife Kate, genealogists are looking into its family tree, and are coming up with many surprises.
The baby’s relations will stretch from a simple Parisian actress via the Dracula princes in Romania, to even an Islamic sultan from Seville in Spain, who descended from the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, experts say.
But there are other surprises in store in the royal family’s family tree. Through Queen Mary, the wife of King George V, who ruled from 1910 to 1936, the line stretches back, according to Beaucarnot, right to the princes of Transylvania and Walachia in Romania.
That leads back in the fifteenth century to the Princes Dracula. Among them figures the Voivode Vlad III, also known by his patronymic name Dracula, who was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler. He inspired, by his cruelty, the Irish writer Bram Stoker’s famous vampire.
Another discovery: a certain Hyacinthe-Gabrielle, an actress at Paris’ Palais Royal, brought to England during the revolution by her lover then husband, the Marquis of Wellesley and a direct ancestor of the “Queen Mum”.
Via another French woman, a protestant noblewoman born in 1639 in France’s region of Poitou, the child will even be a cousin of late French president Francois Mitterrand, while her mother is related to the first president of the United States, George Washington
Through its grandmother Diana, the royal baby will have a link with the families of Winston Churchill and Lord Marlborough, who inspired a popular French folk song.
On the side of celebrities, there are links to the American actress Ellen DeGeneres and the British film director Guy Ritchie, the former husband of Madonna.
But the most astonishing discovery is a little-known ascendancy of one of its distant ascendants, the queen of France, Marie de’ Medici, descendant of Alphonse VI of Castillia, who died in 1109.
His fourth wife Zaida, who was an Islamic princess converted to Roman Catholicism, had as an ancestor, according to Beaucarnot, “a king of Seville considered a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed”.
Some snooping around is needed:
It is unclear if Zaida was indeed Queen Isabel. Furthermore, she isn’t connected to Muhammad but her husband is. So marrying into Spanish royalty, and then supposedly having children with Alfonso, means these children are not descendants of Muhammad. Moreover, it isn’t clear how this love triangle is connected to Marie de’ Medici that lived half a millennia later.
Some have made the next step, claiming direct link between Royal Baby and Muhammad, and the story is all over Arabic media.
Little do they know, little royal baby is actually Jewish on both sides!
Aussie Dave adds: I covered Kate’s Jewishness a while ago.