Beyoncé has always been hailed as pop royalty, a title her devoted fan base lovingly emphasizes by calling her “Queen Bey.” Beyond her undeniable musical prowess and enduring beauty, the multi-Grammy award-winning singer has earned widespread admiration. However, it’s not just metaphorical royalty in play here; as it turns out, Beyoncé can trace actual royal lineage in her family tree.
While many of us may have some distant royal connections in our ancestry, celebrities like Beyoncé seem to have particularly intriguing ties. For example, actor Ralph Fiennes, known for his role in “The Menu,” is the eighth cousin of King Charles III. Likewise, Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrayed King Richard III in a film, is believed to be a direct descendant of the king. Even Madonna is reportedly a relative of Queen Consort Camilla’s cousin, and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, shares familial connections with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
Now, let’s delve into Beyoncé’s royal connection. Thanks to modern genetic ancestry tracing, it has been unveiled that the “Cuff It” singer is indeed linked to legitimate royal lineage. It might come as a surprise, but Beyoncé is actually a cousin to none other than Queen Elizabeth II. So, all those years of referring to her as queen hold more truth than we might have thought!
While you probably won’t catch Beyoncé at the next Trooping the Color ceremony, in another universe, it could have been a possibility. According to genealogical research conducted by FindMyPast.com, as reported by CBS News, Beyoncé is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth II. It might be a head-scratcher, considering Beyoncé’s strong identification with her Houston and Creole roots (as highlighted in her song “Formation”), but the online genealogy service asserts that she is the late royal’s 25th cousin, once removed, with their shared ancestor being King Henry II.
By extension, this intriguing connection means that Beyoncé’s children, Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi Carter, are technically cousins to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. FindMyPast.com also points out that these youngsters are 23rd cousins, twice removed. Debra Chatfield, a family historian for the company, aptly notes, “It’s long been said that the USA and UK have a special relationship, and that is certainly the case between Hollywood’s elite and the Royal Family.”
It’s worth noting that while monarchy historically hasn’t been part of America’s governance, if the Carters and Queen Bey ever decided to take on ruling roles, it’s safe to say there wouldn’t be many complaints from their devoted fans!
Beyond her royal lineage, Beyoncé also shares a notable connection to the British Royal Family through her friendship with Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. While they may not be inseparable best friends, reports suggest they have a close bond. Meghan has always been an avid admirer of Beyoncé, openly expressing her admiration on social media. Additionally, at her wedding afterparty, Beyoncé’s music dominated the playlist, as confirmed by DJ Idris Elba.
Beyoncé’s support for Meghan has been equally evident. After Meghan and Prince Harry’s candid interview with Oprah, Beyoncé publicly commended their courage and leadership on her website. She even personally reached out to Meghan with messages of encouragement. Meghan, in turn, expressed her disbelief that Beyoncé knew who she was and appreciated the singer’s words of support. With such mutual admiration, it’s no wonder Meghan attended Beyoncé’s Rennaissance tour not just once, but twice. Perhaps she’s earned an honorary position in the Beyhive’s high ranks!