Princess Diana's 'Shocking' Ancestral Secret Makes Her Even More Lovable

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Princess DianaThe world loved Princess Diana, and it loves her sons Prince William (and certainly his chosen one, Kate Middleton) and  Prince Harry. It would be hard to conceive of the Royal Family without them. However, if the truth had been known about Diana's past, it's very likely that Prince Charles wouldn't have ever married her. A DNA testing company has just revealed the "shocking" truth -- Diana had a drop of Indian blood in her. While this seems pretty ho-hum, there's a very good chance that if this fact was known, the Royal Family wouldn't have allowed Diana into it.

It's long been thought that Prince William's great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Eliza Kewark, was Armenian. But the DNA company, BritainsDNA, announced that Eliza was at least half-Indian. The company apparently took two saliva samples from two unnamed royals and traced their ancestry back to Kewark, who was born around 1790.

Eliza, who lived in Surat, a part of Western India, gave birth to Katherine, who eventually went to live with relatives in the United Kingdom. Katherine gave birth to Jane, whose great-great granddaughter would be Diana, who would become the Princess of Wales.

Apparently family insiders always knew that Eliza was part-Indian but kept it quiet and described her as Armenian. Says Lady Colin Campbell of the book The Real Diana:

Had it been generally known that Ruth [Diana's great-grandmother] and her children were part-Indian, they might never have made good marriages. Eliza's true race was therefore expunged from the family tree and she reemerged as an Armenian. This fiction was maintained even when Diana married the Prince of Wales.

Pretty strange to think that a drop of Indian blood could have kept Diana from making a royal marriage, eh?

Even more interesting is that Eliza was a housekeeper who had at least two illegitimate children with her employer -- one of whom was Katherine. Not exactly the kind of heritage you would assume of a princess.

All of this just makes Diana even more of a "people's princess." Watch for an "Eliza" in Kate Middleton's baby name if it's a girl!


What do you think of this "revelation"?


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 OH the horror! To think that a servant had an affair(if it was an affair and not rape) with the "gentlemen" of the house! OMG! This would not be out of left field. Who knows what one would find if they went back to 5th + great grand parent.

p31lady p31lady

How does finding out a small portion of someone's ancestors race make a person more lovable.  I've always loved Diana but this literally changes nothing of the way I view her.

teddy... teddysmama09

If anyhting this just makes me think even less of the royal family (well, the traditional part of it anyway). To think that you wouldn't be allowed to marry someone  because an ancestor who lived centries ago was part Indian is just sick to me.

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Cel7777 Cel7777

Why are Indians not OK but Armenians are?

Freela Freela

I think it's sad that anyone cares what her ancestry was, or that having a non-white relative would preclude someone from becoming a royal. As the mom of three kids who are mixed Indian and white, the idea that someone would find them 'not good enough' to marry into the family because of their ethnicity pisses me off!

nonmember avatar Kristi

Ya'll are getting your panties in a twist over nothing. Read the story, it never said the royal family would have not admitted her. It said the descendants might not have made good marriages, and really they might not have. You should know by now most of the stir writers take the smallest grains of truth and spin them to the point where you can't recognize it anymore.

Pj Perry

Considering the 'royals' histories over several centuries...murder, be-headings, incestuous relationships, treasonous behaviors, illicit liasons, living "high on the hog" while their subjects starved, etc drop of different blood can only have improved things!!!!

Melissa Asher

Stupid is as stupid does. Leave Diana alone, may she rest in peace forever.

Ruth Freeman-Snow

it makes no difference what blood she had. Diana was a wondeful lady. and prince charles is an ass. he shouldnt be king . it should be handed to prince william. its not blood its the way you act!! he is a disgrace to england. Princess Di and those boys are Royalty to me! R.I.P Diana!


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