Meghan Markle's ancestor was beheaded by a very famous royal

Meghan Markle's ancestor was beheaded by a very famous royal

Oh to be young and to feel love's keen sting.

Those first few exhilarating dates during which you get that familiar feeling that you might be about to fall in love, hungrily learning as much as you possibly can about your opposite number, drinking in their world views and delighting in the fact that they mirror your own.

For those months, you are the star of your very own romantic comedy, wearing all of your very best clothes, using nothing but your cleverest and most amusing lines of conversation and listening attentively to everything that your would-be partner has to say about everything from clothing to world politics. Is there a better time in anyone's life?

Of course, at some point the fantasy must become reality, and over time couples must learn to keep that spark alive, rather than accept that things will never be the same as they were in the first throes of romance. Of course, those initial butterflies might dim somewhat over time, but instead they can be replaced by a warm feeling of companionship.

While Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle can hardly be defined as 'normal' due to the nature of Markle's fame and Prince Harry's royalty, one must presume that their relationship has transitioned through these phases like many other couples before them.

Most couples, however, have probably not discovered that one their ancestors actually beheaded the other's ancestor, unless they are part of a family with a particularly chequered past.

That, though, is exactly what has just been established about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, though. According to the Daily Mail, Markle's ancestor, Lord Hussey was a wealthy land owner who later fell out of favour with King Henry VIII - who had something of a penchant for beheading - after becoming implicated in a rebellion against the monarchy.

Lord Hussey was the great-great-great grandfather of Captain Christopher Hussey, the founding father of Nantucket in Massachusetts, says the Telegraph. 10 generations on brings us to Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle's father.

The connection was initially established by an Australian amateur historian Michael Reed, who commented;

"It's incredible that Meghan's great-great-great maternal grandfather was a slave and the other great-great-great paternal grandmother was a New Hampshire landowner, who had royal blood."

Perhaps it is to be expected that the Markle family tree has come under such close scrutiny in recent times, as rumours of a potential marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle intensify, but it's safe to say no-one could have anticipated quite such a dramatic discovery as this one.

In the meantime, Markle is continuing her filming schedule of the popular legal drama Suits, which is now entering its seventh season. There has been speculation that Markle and her co-star Patrick J Adams would not return for a potential eighth season of the show, though at the current time Suits has not been recommissioned for another season regardless.