That king would be eligible for various American hereditary societies. Diana Spencer herself is eligible through three different ancestors for the Daughters of the American Revolution. "I said something about inbreeding making people short. While Ruth could adopt the latter, there was no way she could invent the former. American Presidents Carter and Nixon are sixth cousins. They took greater pride in being descended five times from King Charles II, even though four of those lines of descent were illegitimate including his illegitimate son Henry FitzRoy, and when the second Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, they were thrilled that it was through them the Stuart blood was being reintroduced into the royal line. All you have to do is go back yourself until you hit one of them and you have it made. It is surprising that Armenian connection is so strong and work wonders. as a young man, but he went to New York to seek his fortune. Ben is not a royal name. "When Work was 80," said Roberts, "he had a sick horse and spent all night in the stall with him.". I myself am resigned to never making more than $7,000 a year. There are people who move in, who have not always lived there, and they are not related. Lady Diana's maternal ancestors' rise to royal status was based on personal, not courtly, relationships. "Oh," is the usual response to this information. And so they are, but the task here is to pin down the essential blood relationship by which Americans may be guided in their future dealings with the Windsors). "And the duPonts," I reminded him, ignoring the Yale question for I do not disclose some of my sources, "are simply unarguably an important American family no matter what you think.". Baroness Ruth was appointed a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1956 [a post she held for the next thirty three years], and functioned in a world where breeding and good behavior were all important. It doesn't' stop with Washington, … At one point Frank Work was in trouble and asked the commodore for financial advice, which he took and which was excellent. "She is also distantly related to Hermann Goering," said Reitwiesner, who was beginning to show signs of being a royal troublemaker, one of those annoying people who believe in the whole truth though the heavens fall. Through five different lines Reitwiesner is her cousin, a twelfth cousin once removed, and Roberts is a quadruple twelfth cousin once removed and a double twelfth cousin twice removed of Lady Diana. Emma Corrin hopes that The Crown viewers can appreciate the show for what it is.. "The duchess of Windsor was very well connected indeed with big Maryland families, we have always thought. Princess Diana opted for a matching Versace coat and skirt during a visit to Liverpool in 1995, and finished off the look with a Dior handbag. "You can do worse than spend your honeymoon in the gentle green landscape of Ohio. The Spencers have been farmers since pre-Tudor times, coming to prominence in Warwickshire in the fifteenth century. We spoke briefly on the crosses one must bear -- one is hardly responsible for one'e forbears -- and Roberts mentioned that other American (Wallis Warfield of Maryland) associated with the British royal house. She has a tenth cousin working here at The Washington Post. Diana, Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Frances Spencer, was born on 1 July 1961 at Park House near Sandringham, Norfolk. The princess (as she will be after her marriage at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on July 29) has a slight American connection some generations back. There was another, less fortunate, result of the marriage of the Churchill heiress to the Earl of Sunderland. In 1601, he was made a Knight of the Garter, and created Baron Spencer of Wormleighton in the Peerage of England in 1603. In most families, however, one need not go back so far to turn up persons of immense eminence (at least as far as Aunt Maude is concerned). The Spencers remained rich, married well, and gradually climbed up the peerage. In fact, the only thing that put them beyond the ordinary was the secret they kept hidden. She is a 24 th generation descendant of King Edward III, a medieval monarch of England who died in 1377. She was therefore used to wielding power, not only as a result of her husband's position as the most famous general in the world, but also because of her own political influence. Printed By Clifford Press, Coventry. Franklin Work was one of New York's most successful stockbrokers of the day, with clients such as the Vanderbilts and Astors. The humble origins of the Spencers as sheep farmers once caused a heated exchange of words between wealthy yet then upstart Lord Spencer and the Earl of Arundel, whose ancestors had been Earls of Arundel since the thirteenth century. Since the announcement of the end of her marriage on December 9, Diana, Princess of Wales, has been visibly reborn. . One of the richest women in England, she offered the cash-strapped King George II £100,000 [about $50 million today] for the hand of his son and heir Frederick, Prince of Wales, for her favorite granddaughter Diana Spencer. First Published In 15 August 2007, The Real Diana. ", "Is that worse," I inquired, "than peddlers and moneygrubbers marrying peddlers and moneygrubbers as in New England? "How did you know I went to Yale?" Photo: AP, @diana.princess.wales @keishaomilana/ Instagram Style / Celebrity Rebel royals: From Diana to Japan’s Princess Mako, 5 princesses who broke royal protocol and lived by … There he met Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt -- both men were greatly interested in horses, it was a bond between them. The next nineteen generations of Spencers rose to opulent prominence, particularly during the sixteenth century. We may have faults -- certainly the English do -- but when the chips are down we may be described in a nutshell as men who slumber not when Crock of Gold is off his feed or breaks a leg or has to be put down. Needless to say, Lady Diana has a slight American connection some generations back. Now this Mrs. Work was a daughter of John Wood of Shepardstown, W. Va., and Ellen Strong of Philadelphia. He did not regard her family as especially notable. In 1953, aged 17, Frances became engaged to Johnnie Althorp, 12 years her senior and heir to the Spencer earldom. They are all Armenians. The Ancestry Of Diana, Princess Of Wales. She is a second cousin nine times removed of John Coke, a first cousin thirteen times removed of George Evelyn, a third cousin eight times removed of William Fairfax, a first cousin eleven times removed of William Berkeley, a sixth cousin ten times removed of Peter Montague, a fifth cousin nine times removed of Daniel Parke Custis. There is a beautiful daffodil named 'Fermoy,' by the way, and by the way the Burke Roches do not use a hypen in their double name. And their daughter, Frances Ruth Burke Roche, married Edward John Spencer, the eighth Earl Spencer. Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.The character is a founding member of the Justice League.The character first appeared in All Star Comics#8 in October 1941 with her first feature in Sensation Comics #1 in January 1942. Nor did they fuss whether the connection was legitimate or illegitimate. o. Ellen Strong -- we are about to hit pay dirt here -- was the daughter of Joseph Strong of Coventry, Conn., and Rebecca Young of Philadelphia. Her maternal great-grandparents, James Boothby Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy, and Frances Ellen Work, were also Oliver’s maternal great-great-grandparents. She remained closely involved with the Festival for twenty-five years, persuading Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to become its patron. He burst into laughter. His descendants expanded the holdings through business dealings and marriage into the peerage. Diana was born into the British Spencer family, different branches of which hold the titles of Duke of Marlborough, Earl Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, and Baron Churchill. For the two hundred and fifty years that separated the abortive and the successful Diana Spencer's possible assumption of the position of Princess of Wales, the Spencer family was assiduous in cultivating any link that brought them closer to the throne. Written By Earl Spencer. He is a preeminent authority on the influence of Syrian and Armenian families in the German noble houses. After John F Kennedy Jr met with Princess Diana at her hotel suite in New York in 1995, it was rumored the two were having a secret affair. She produced three children: Honourable Mary Cynthia, Honourable Frances Ruth, and Honourable Edmund James Burke. In 1865, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as the first Baron Fermoy by Queen Victoria. [He did not actually say this. The thing is that if her son becomes king of England he will be one-sixteenth American, the first time this has ever occurred. That loss notwithstanding, the Spencers flourished throughout the eighteenth century. She is a first cousin six times removed of Nathan Hale. And if so, what is the point of knowing the precise relationship?". Princes Diana was also a fourth cousin, twice removed, of actress and comedian Miranda Hart. Edmond Roche was an Irish peer and politician in the British parliament, where he was elected to the House of Commons for County Cork in 1837. At which point family archivist generally takes over the conversation and things go down hill from there. You are, ah. Princess Diana was a second cousin, once removed, of American actor Oliver Platt. Lord Spencer then instantly replied: "When my ancestors as you say were keeping sheep, your ancestors were plotting treason.". Unfortunately for the Roches, he loathed foreigners and cut Fanny out of his will when she married one, reinstating her only after she left her husband in 1891 and returned home with her two young sons in tow. . Now the princess' essential American connection is her great-great-grandfather, Frank Work, of Chillicothe, Ohio and later of New York; and his wife, Ellen Wood Work. ", "I have always regarded Ben as a royal name," I interposed. All his predecessors became politicians and served as members of the parliament. Her essential American connection are her great great grandfather, Franklin Work, of Chillicothe, Ohio and later of New York; and his wife, Ellen Wood Work, daughter of John Wood of Shepardstown and Ellen Strong of Philadelphia, whose father, Joseph Strong, was a graduate of Yale in 1788. The rest is … But we have standards, you know, and if we say the princess has American cousins, then by the grace of God we propose to document the assertion, and the Marquis de Sade can wait for another night. To remind you how this works, a cousin of our Joseph Strong had 28,000 descendants by 1870, Roberts assured me, and if you contemplate how many descendants those 28,000 persons have had within another century, you will see that we are indeed of the family of man. Desktop notifications are on   | Turn off, Get breaking news alerts from The Washington Post. "I'm a quarter American, a quarter Irish and half Scottish." "Perhaps we can postpone Jesse James," I ventured (for one of Reitwiesner's research papers is called "The Relationship of Lady Diana Spencer to Various Persons," and he underatandably kept tossing out names he thought would prove of interest. Here is … She was the youngest daughter of the then Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, now the late (8th) Earl Spencer and the late Hon. These men both know precisely, not vaguely, who is and who is not related, and this may be the place to say that while great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers have cast a wide net indeed, still the catch has not been universal. "Yes, I adored him. "No," he went on after I had mentioned a friend of mine who is an American cousin of the princess, "it is virtually impossible that the first child of the royal union will be named Ben. When he became the fourth Baron Fermoy, Maurice returned to live in England with the $3,000,000 which he had inherited from his indomitable but controlling grandfather. 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