Meghan Markle and Prince Harry first met and began dating back in 2016, but it turns out her connection to the Royal Family goes way back.
And we’re talking outside of her lifetime – more than 160 years to be precise.
The Duchess of Sussex’s relatives have previously claimed that her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird worked at Windsor Castle as a maid, but it has now come to light that she was in fact a cook.
According to a database of Royal Household staff, there was a worker named M. Bird, who appeared in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856.
This was around the same time Mary would have been in the UK, reports The Express.
Meghan’s great-great-great-grandmother later married Thomas Bird, an Irish shoemaker who served as an officer in the British Army.
Her family disowned her for this and so the couple decided to move to Malta with the Army, where they started a family in 1862.
They had two children together, including Meghan’ s great-great-grandmother, who was also named Mary.
The family went on to spend the next 20 years living in Malta, but after her husband died, Mary and the children migrated to Canada, before moving to Meredith and finally settling in New Hampshire.
Mary is thought to be connected to Meghan on her father’s side of the family.
While Mary’s role at the castle was in great contrast to Meghan’s royal status, it seems that the two relatives both share a passion for…