Everyone has wished that they were part of a royal family at one point in their lives. To live in a castle, have servants at your beck and call at all times, to be wealthy and privileged, and to have an incredibly rich family history spanning centuries. It must be amazing.
It turns out a few celebrities are in fact secretly royal. Their stories are absolutely fascinating. Here are five examples, provided by Shared.
1. Grace Kelly
Academy Award winning actress Grace Kelly remains to this day a symbol of beauty, style, and elegance. When she was young she opposed her parents, who disapproved of her choice of career. She pursued her dreams and conquered Hollywood with her hugely successful movies, such as High Noon, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, and Country Girl. For the latter, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
When she was 26 years old, Kelly met the Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the Principality’s monarch. They fell in love and got married in April 1956. Her new position as Princess of Monaco required that she quit her acting career.
After her marriage, Kelly had Royal duties to perform as Princess. She became involved in diplomatic and philantropic work, which she continued until her death. She died in 1982 at the age of 52, because of a stroke which resulted in her losing control of the car and driving off the road into a ravine.
2. Sir Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Lee was a man of many talents, including acting, singing, and writing. He is best known for his booming voice and immense presence, and, of course, his portrayal of iconic villains in movies such as The Man With The Golden Gun, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and of course, Hammer Films’s Dracula series.
He participated in World War II as part of the British Commandos. Lee worked on clandestine missions behind enemy lines. His division was instructed by Churchill himself and their orders were to “set Europe ablaze.”
That is already enough for an incredible story, but there is more. Lee is also a descendant of Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, one of the most famous Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. He was so proud of his ancestry that he recorded two metal albums about Charlemagne.
Source: Charlemagne Productions
Sir Christopher Lee was knighted in 2009 for his services to drama and charity. He died from complications resulting of respiratory problems and heart failure in 2015, at the age of 93.
3. Hilary Duff
Well, now we know how come the former Disney starlet has gotten more and more regal as the years go by. According to some genealogists, Hilary Duff is “America’s most royal celebrity.”
Yes, that is correct. Josh Taylor, a genealogist for FindMyPast, has disclosed that the 30-year-old actress and singer is Queen Elizabeth II’s 18th cousin. The two have a common ancestor in Edward III, who ruled England from 1327-1377. Well, it’s more than nothing, and certainly more than any other Americans.
4. Jessica Chastain
This is another classic romantic story. A beautiful and very successful Hollywood actress meets a Royal from another country. They fall in love and get married, and the actress is now a new member of the aristocracy.
Jessica Chastain became famous for starring in movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Crimson Peak, and The Martian. You could say that the 40-year-old American actress “pulled a Grace Kelly,” when she married Gian Luca Pasi De Preposulo in 2017. Gian Luca is a Count and his is one of the oldest aristocratic families whose lineage can be traced back to the year 973.
5. Robert Pattinson
Love it or hate it, the Twilight franchise was very successful in its time. Apparently, whoever did the casting, hit the mark when they hired Robert Pattinson, and it’s not because of his good looks and chiseled jawline.
The 31-year-old actor from London, England is actually related to Count Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad Tepes was the ruler of the Romanian province of Wallachia and he was the inspiration behind the most famous vampire in the world. Tepes adopted the title of “Dracul,” which meant “Son of the Dragon,” and that is where Dracula’s name comes from.
Apparently, it turns out that the vampire from Twilight truly is related to Dracula. What a coincidence.