It turns out newly engaged 'Game of Thrones' stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are distantly related
Game of Thrones fans are giddy with excitement this week following some exciting news about Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's engagement.
The beautiful couple met on set during season two of the drama series, where Jon Snow (Harington) and wildling Ygritte (Leslie) meet, fight, cuddle, argue, flirt, get it on in a grotto and so on and so forth.
The onscreen romance was cut brutally short when Ygritte is killed off out of the blue, in classically upsetting Game of Thrones style.
But fans were ecstatic to learn that the romance lived on off camera, with the pair dating since 2012. They only made it "official" last year, before moving in together earlier this year. And just this week, much to the delight of everyone, the couple announced their official engagement via an adorably old school method:
The notice in the British newspaper read:
"Mr K.C. Harington and Miss R.E. Leslie.
"The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire."
Let's just sit back and imagine the *pop* of a champagne cork and fireworks flying overhead.
But of course, nothing is sacred and people have to use new information they're confronted with like family details and birthplaces. One inquisitive Twitter user did some digging and found some fresh information about Kit and Rose's ancestry:
It looks like this detective has consulted both Harington and Leslie's respective Wikipedia pages, and found that they both share a royal relative. Harington's Wikipedia page states: "Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Harington's eighth-great-grandfather was Charles II of England."
And Leslie's: "Her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl 'Candy' Leslie (née Weld) of Clan Fraser, maternal great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat, and descendant of Charles II of England."
Yep, it looks like the engaged pair are distantly related, both descendants of the former the king of England, Ireland and Scotland reigning for 25 years. Gulp. But is it really so shocking?
Charles II lived back in the 16th century from 1630–1685. That's almost 400 years ago, so maybe everyone needs to chill out. It was a very, very long time ago, and they are distantly related.
Plus, Charles II was known for his... randy behaviour, and historians have counted at least 17 (illegitimate) children to his name. So it's not really surprising that today's generation are probably distantly linked. In fact, it's estimated that there are millions of people in the UK walking around today descending from different kings and so-called "royal bed hoppers" from many hundreds of years ago.
It's just an unfortunate coincidence for Harington and Leslie given the common theme of incestuous relations (known or not) in the show.
Still, if there's something cool to take from this discovery, it's learning about each actor's upbringing. I mean, Leslie grew up in a castle and Harington's dad is a Sir. It's just how you'd imagine British actors cast in a medieval fantasy epic to be brought up.