It’s official, everyone: Elle Fanning is living the dream. Not only did she play a Disney princess in Maleficent — Aurora, to be exact — but she’s also related to a real life princess. Well, technically a duchess, but Kate Middleton definitely qualifies as a princess in our eyes.
After Ancestry.com discovered that Elle and sister Dakota are directly descended from King Edward III and they and Kate are all descended from King Edward I, who was King of England in the early 1300s, making the girls cousins. Um, jealous much?
“Generation after generation, the lines we looked at pieced back directly to King Edward III proving that Elle is a direct descendant of royalty,” historian Michelle Ercanbrack told People. “You can consider her a long lost princess. This connection is so unique and rare.”
And now that Elle’s heard the news, she’s just as surprised as we would be if we were the ones who found out they were related to royalty. Is this Princess Diaries in real life or what?
“It’s so weird,” Elle toldE! News at the premiere of Maleficent. “My cousins called me up and they were like, ‘Look online!’ I looked online and like King Edward III is my great-great-great grandfather. I was like, ‘Is this real?’ It’s crazy.”
The first thing we’d do in Elle’s position: Call up Kate and see if she’s up for a shopping date.