Woman cries after being told Meghan Markle is her distant cousin
A woman broke down in tears after being told Meghan Markle is her distant cousin before saying she’ll tell her grandchildren they’re related to royalty.
Gilland Ragland Few, who lives in the small town of Henry County in Georgia, America, was shocked after being told she is the third cousin twice removed of the former 36-year-old actress.
The news was revealed to the grandmother, who shares the same surname as Meghan’s mother Doria, as part of a new Channel 4 documentary, Meet The Markles.
As part of the show, YouTuber Amelia Dimoldenberg travels America in the hope of meeting Meghan’s family and blagging an invite to the royal wedding .
With the help of local historian Dorothy Tuck, Amelia discovers Gilland and Meghan share the same ancestor, Stephen Ragland – Meghan’s four times great grandfather on her mother’s side.
Historian Dorothy is seen breaking the incredible news to Gilland, saying: "Amelia has come to me and she’s asked me to do some research on a very special person. This person is intelligent, distinguished and talented.
"You probably wont pick up the newspaper very ,many days without reading about this person. Gilland, you are related to Meghan Markle ."
An emotional Gilland is clearly moved by the news as she dips her head and sheds a tear.
She says: "No! Are you serious?", before adding: "I’m about to cry for real. I’m really trying to hold back the tears, seriously. I don’t know what to say.
"This will be something that I can even pass on to my great grandchildren."
The documentary also reveals Meghan Markle’s startling connection to Jack the Ripper.
It claims the soon-to-be royal princess is secretly related to a notorious murderer – who some experts now believe was the real Jack the Ripper, the as-yet unidentified killer who unleashed hell in London’s Whitechapel area in 1888.
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as America’s first serial killer H H Holmes, is thought to be distantly connected to Meghan through years of marriage in her family tree – and American lawyer Jeff Mudgett is one of her other cousins.
Jeff – who believes Holmes was his great-great-grandfather – studied the notes left by the Ripper and compared them to Holmes’ handwriting.
"We did a study with the FBI and CIA and Scotland Yard regarding handwriting analysis," Jeff reveals in the TV show.
"It turns out he was Jack the Ripper. This means Meghan is related to Jack the Ripper."
He continues: "I don’t think the Queen knows. I am not proud he is my ancestor. Meghan won’t be either."
H H Holmes, who styled himself as Dr Henry Howard Holmes, ran a grisly hotel in Chicago where up to 200 victims were thought to have met their end in a series of violent and gruesome ways.
Holmes, a bigamist and con artist, only ever confessed to nine murders while he was on trial for killing his friend Benjamin Pitezel, and he was executed in 1896.
It’s believed he travelled to London in the late 1880s, around the time the Ripper was brutalising and murdering a string of young women in the East End – many of whom were sex workers.
Investigations into the murders suggested whoever killed the women had some medical or anatomical knowledge, as at least three of them had internal organs removed.
This would tie in with Holmes’ surgical knowledge.
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