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Prince William, Mick Fleetwood are cousins

Through Princess Diana’s ancestor, heir to the throne and legendary rock drummer are sixth cousins three times removed, new research has revealed.

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My perfect cousin: Prince William and Mick Fleetwood are related.

Prince William is related to legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, it was revealed yesterday.

Wills shares the same family tree as rock royalty Mick, aged 66, through an ancestor of his late mum Princess Diana.

The pair are sixth cousins three times removed.

They are connected by Diana’s ninth great-granddad Edward Lascelles who was also Mick’s sixth great grandfather. Lascelles was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, around 1702 and died aged 45.

Tonight, supergroup Fleetwood Mac play the first of three sell-out shows in London on their comeback tour of Europe.

Drummer Mick was a founder member of the band in 1967 – but he was not the first person in his family to find musical fame and fortune.

His fourth great grandmother Anne Catley was one of the most popular entertainers in 18th century London, research by family history website Ancestry.co.uk shows.

Anne was born in Tower Hill in 1745 and started singing in local taverns when she was aged ten.

She demanded a nightly performance fee of 40 guineas – equal to £5,000 today – and delighted Georgian society with her stunning good looks, “loose tongue” and working class roots.

Drummer Mick is the son of an RAF fighter pilot.

He was born in Redruth, Cornwall but has lived in the USA since the mid Seventies.

His second great uncle Robert Jenner was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in South Wales in 1827.

Miriam Silverman, Ancestry’s UK content manager, said yesterday: “It seems like Mick Fleetwood was always destined to be famous with both royal and celebrity connections in his family tree.”

Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie is expected to return to the stage for the first time since 1998 by making a guest appearance at one of the O2 Arena gigs in London this week.

Tickets for tonight’s show have been selling for up to £297 each as desperate fans hope to see her rejoin the rest of the band which made their classic number one album Rumours.

The 1977 smash hit clocked up global sales of 45 million copies – making it one of the biggest selling albums of all time.


Daily Mirror (UK) / Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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