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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Kate and Chris go way back!

Published 06/03/2013 | 05:44

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is related to singer Chris de Burgh.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is related to Enniskerry resident Chris de Burgh, it has emerged.

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The BBC's genealogy programme 'Who Do You Think You Are?' has uncovered a distant link between the wife of Prince William and the 'Lady in Red' singer.

Experts believe that Michael Middleton, Kate's father, is related to Edward III through his links to William Fairfax, a 16th century nobleman.

Edward III's son, Lionel of Antwerp, married the Countess of Ulster Elizabeth de Burgh, which is where the connection occurs.

'I was unaware that there is a distant connection between the de Burgh family and the Middletons,' said the singer. 'There are probably many others also connected to both families. At least that will give us something to talk about should we ever have a cup of tea together.'

Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland said that Tourism Ireland has authenticated the Duchess' links to Ireland.

Chris and his wife Diane live in Enniskerry mansion Bushey Park House.

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