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Prince William's fiancee has famous US relatives

FILE -- Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in the village of Northleach, England, in this October 23, 2010, file photo. According to an announcement from Clarence House in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, the couple are engaged, and will be married in 2011. FILE -- Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton leave the wedding of their friends Harry Mead and Rosie Bradford in the village of Northleach, England, in this October 23, 2010, file photo. According to an announcement from Clarence House in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, the couple are engaged, and will be married in 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Ison, pa , file)
November 16, 2010

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BOSTON—The fiancee of Britain's Prince William has some family ties to famous Americans, including the first U.S. president.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston said Tuesday that Kate Middleton is an eighth cousin eight times removed to George Washington. Their common ancestor, Sir William Gascoigne, died in 1487.

William's late mother, Princess Diana, and great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, also were Washington's cousins.

Middleton's other American relatives include explorer Meriwether Lewis, who teamed with William Clark for their renowned 19th-century Western expedition. He's a ninth cousin seven times removed.

The society also says Middleton is a 13th cousin three times removed of World War II General George S. Patton.

Prince William and Middleton are 15th cousins, through Sir Thomas Fairfax, who died during Henry VIII's reign.

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