Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are cousins
February 11th, 2011
05:21 PM ET

Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are cousins

Ellen DeGeneres better start practicing her wedding dance. The talk show host has just discovered that she's related to Kate Middleton, reports E! Online, and now she is determined to attend the British bride-to-be's upcoming nuptials.

On Thursday's show, DeGeneres said she received a letter from the New England Genealogical Society, which, she joked, "I thought was from my lady doctor," and it revealed that she and Middleton are 15th cousins.

"Hold onto your crumpets, everybody — this is really exciting," DeGeneres told her audience before reading the letter aloud.

"Our trusty genealogists have been at work on Kate Middleton's genealogy with the big royal wedding coming up," it said. "As we were doing the research we discovered that you're related to Kate via a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne. You are distant cousins — you're 15th — but cousins still the same."

For her part, DeGeneres couldn't be more thrilled and she is certain she'll snag an invite to see her newfound relative exchange vows with Prince William on April 29.

"I'm definitely invited to the wedding now!" she kidded. "So, Kate — Cuz — let me know where you're registered... because I have a Pier 1 and a Target real, real close to my house. And let me know if you need me to plan the bachelorette party, because I found some straws that are shaped like... well, never mind."

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    October 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the_dude

    So Kate, what is it like having a no-talent loser freak as a 15th cousin?

    February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sofie

    Sorry Ellen, I don't think Kate puts much stock in anything past the 10th considering she and her husband-to-be are 12th cousins, once removed. But the good news is, you're far enough removed to be a potential spouse, if all goes horribly wrong with William... and Portia.

    February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    I am sensing that Ellen really is not taking this too seriously and in the end this is just one of the light hearted articles anyways. If there is anyone who really would get excited about being 15th cousin to some famous person, well really, you need to find something a bit closer to feel better about yourself with.

    But the jokes Ellen made about it were funny and made me smile.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Annie Mac

    Are you all forgetting about Elvis and Oprah?

    February 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cicigreen

    right..it's not very interesting for us..
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    February 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FK

    If invited Ellen would have to get a new pair of tennis shoes for the event.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. big L

    what a hottie for a cousin. She seems like the best and sweest person you would want to know. Man no wonder
    Portia took your last name would this make her a cousin too.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. In the bathroom stall eating a roach burger

    What happens with the Royal doo doo?

    February 16, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. John Milton

    "As we were doing the research we discovered that you're related to Kate via a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax"

    Is that THE Sir Thomas Fairfax. Commander in Chief of the New Model Army, "Fairfax, whose name in arms through Europe rings"? If so, Kate Middleton's ancestor played a major role in deposing and (although he disapproved of this) executing a King of England. . . . And she is now. . . . This gives ME hope!

    February 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eduardo Madrid

      Isn't a funny/creepy that the King of England's name was CHARLES!

      February 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard, Chattanooga

    This isn't nearly as good as Dick Cheney and Obama purportedly being eighth cousins.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Planet Uranus

    sassie please come home.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sarcasm 101

    @ sassie..you got punked... .

    February 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D


    February 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |

    3 kinds of beans out there. Soup beans pinto beans and lesbean. Most white girls are lesbeans. Cept for the ones that steal our good blaack men.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |

    They both be ritch white girls. Of course they are both lesbeans.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sassie

    @Mona -can you possibly be for real? I mean not knowing Ellen was gay? What planet have you been living on? And you say "I've been a fan of her show for years!" Does this mean you are no longer a fan? Well, if that is the case, stop watching. You won't be missed!

    February 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Eitan

    It would be even funnier if they actually invited her to the wedding and she went. That would be a riot. I hope they do invite her!

    February 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AntiPalinAlaskan

    ...But we STILL don't know where Kevin Bacon fits in with all this!

    February 13, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Kwag

      Kevin Bacon! Now that's the best comment on this blog EVER! Whoever you are, AntiPalinAlaskan, you're not only very clever and obviously smart, you are also of sound mind to be an AntiPalin anywhere! Score two points for you today. And thanks for the laff.

      February 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Hadn't Kevin Bacon been on her show? And I'm sure he's been to England...........

      February 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. AntiPalinAlaskan

    I thought it was going to turn out that Kate was part Greek. Damn!

    February 13, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  21. juan

    Duuuuuuuuuude !

    February 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sunless

    see this http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    February 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. vienna

    Yeah, I found out I am related to Nancy Astor, once married to the the wealthiest man in American...Waldorf (as in Waldorf-Astoria)...we share a common grand parent...Hannah Fox of 1671, her 7th is my 11th great grandmother...so I wonder if Ellen thinks the same thing as me...like hey, where is my share??...lol jk.... Just fun family facts...Nancy Astor's country home was used as a hospital during WW I or II, not sure...and owned the Cliveden House....geez...

    February 12, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  24. tracy

    Ellen must be so excited, being a relative of the royal family. I'm sure she will bring a lot of laughter to a family who is otherwise somewhat reserved. I think Ellen and Kate will get along famously!

    February 12, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. Carol

    Exciting for Ellen.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Furious Hardhat

    Hey Mona,do you like Bona?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mona

    It can't be! I love her show. How did it happen? When did she turn g@y?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. POP-ME

    Being a Lesbian is an issue? Man you're an A**hole!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Stef

    And yet you read it anyway.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Superhiro

    Unfortunately it's not exciting for us, the reader.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • larryb

      it is only supposed to be humorous fluff...not something important like glenn beck would say

      February 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • louie

      Speak 4 yourself, I think its very exciting! I think they'll be lucky if Ellen goes & if she does she'll be sure to liven up this dull event in her usual hilariously tasteful & unoffensive way!

      February 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. BB

    How sad you have to go right to the Lesbian issue. Personally I think it's exciting for Ellen

    February 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • louie

      For goodness sake drop the heterophobia! Ellen is a comedian & not ashamed of her orientation! She'd be the first to think these jokes are funny, wouldn't be surprised if she borrowed them for her next show.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Superhiro

    Ummm.... who cares?

    February 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dingle

    WOOOOOO I wonder if they are dating ?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. POP-ME

    So a fling would not be considered incest!

    February 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |

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