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Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth II may be distant cousins

May 16, 2011 |  6:59 pm

Johnny Depp may be Queen Elizabeth II's 20th cousin

Johnny Depp may be a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth II, according to a genealogist for the British version of the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Depp and the queen could share a 14th century ancestor, which would make them 20th cousins, researcher Nick Barrett told the Daily Mirror.

Alas, the link to the royal lineage depends on an unrecorded marriage from the 1600s, which means that even though "the balance of probability is that there is indeed a link between Depp and the ­royals," Barrett said, he doubts it can be proved 100%. 

"There are also several junctures where he can claim to have Cherokee blood," Barrett added, which is no big surprise over here in the States, given that many of us have been taking Depp's word for it for a while now that he is of Cherokee descent on his mother's side.

Sadly, this cousin-of-the-queen news comes too late for us to pitch a fit over why Depp wasn't invited to the royal wedding. And what a missed opportunity: Capt. Jack Sparrow certainly does know a thing or two about wearing a hat.


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Photos: Johnny Depp, left, and Queen Elizabeth II, right. Credits: Peter Mountain / Buena Vista Pictures, left; Chris Radburn / AFP / Getty Images, right.