Prince William “genetically linked” to India

In a significant development, Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, has been genetically linked to India. He will be the first British King with Indian ancestry.

Prince-WilliamThe DNA analysis of saliva samples were taken from the Duke of Cambridge’s relatives. It has established a direct lineage between the Prince William (30) and an Indian housekeeper on his mother Princess Diana’s side.

The housekeeper was named as Eliza Kewark, who was with Prince William’s great grandfather Theodore Forbes (1788-1820), a Scottish merchant who worked for the East India Company at Surat in Gujarat.

Eliza’s mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) was passed on by her daughters and granddaughters directly to Princess Diana and then on to Prince William and Prince Harry.

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