Ancestry.com has published a press release with a title of "Experts Discover..." I thought that was a bit amusing. I will point out that the connection has been known and published many times in the past ten years or possibly longer. Admittedly, the announcement from Ancestry.com doesn't mention when this was "discovered."
In any case, it makes for interesting reading, especially during this week of the couple's marriage. Here is the full announcement from Ancestry.com:
Experts Discover That Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles Are Related
Ancestry.com Reveals Prince Charles and Camilla are Ninth Cousins
When Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker-Bowles at a polo match in the early seventies, she said to the prince, "My great-grandmother and your great-great grandfather were lovers, so how about it?" Today, genealogical research shows they have an even stronger bond, they are ninth cousins. According to family history experts at Ancestry.com, a service of MyFamily.com, Inc., Prince Charles and Camilla are ninth cousins once removed.
Prince Charles and Camilla are both descendents of Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle. Prince Charles' family history can be traced back to the Duke's elder daughter Margaret Cavendish, while Camilla's family tree leads to the Duke's younger daughter Catherine Cavendish.
A second and more scandalous possible tie also exists that would make the soon-to-be married couple half second cousins once removed. It is believed that Camilla's grandmother, Sonia Keppel, was the illegitimate daughter of King Edward VII. If this is true then she and Charles would be half second cousins once removed. The half denotes that Charles and Camilla are descended from different partners of Edward VII (Charles from Edward's wife and Camilla from Edward's alleged mistress, Alice Edmonstone).
To view the full family trees visit http://www.ancestry.com/princecharles.
In addition to the family ties between Prince Charles and Camilla, Ancestry.com has uncovered links in other famous family trees including George W. Bush to John Kerry, Clint Eastwood to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna to Celine Dion. Other royal family connections include Princess Diana to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. This connection is unique because it is not through Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, but rather through a nineteenth-century duke named James Hamilton from the Princess' side of the family.
In addition, Andrew Firestone, former Bachelor star and heir to the Firestone wine and tire fortune has been linked to Prince William.
But you don't have to be a family historian to discover your own possible connection to the Prince and Camilla. Ancestry.com provides largest and most popular collection of online information for connecting families with their histories and with one another. With over 4 billion searchable records, Ancestry.com makes it easy to find the joy of a wedding day, the hardships of an ocean voyage, the loss of a loved one, and a true sense of your ancestor's place in history.
Civil and ecclesiastical records are available from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Additionally, Ancestry.com maintains one of the largest historical newspaper databases on the Internet with searchable images of U.S., Canada and U.K. newspapers from 1786 through the late 1900s. These records expand your understanding of your family tree by placing your ancestors in the context of daily life. For more information visit http://www.ancestry.com/.
About MyFamily.com, Inc.
MyFamily.com, Inc. provides the largest and most popular collection of online information for connecting families with their histories and with one another. The company's tools, content and community empower individuals to find the people most important to them, and to discover and share their unique family stories. The MyFamily network of web-based products includes MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.co.uk, Genealogy.com, and RootsWeb.com. The company also publishes Family Tree Maker, the #1 selling family tree software, Ancestry Magazine, Genealogical Computing Magazine, over 50 book titles, and numerous databases on CD-ROM.