Ancestry.com discovers Fanning is related to King Edward III and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
While anxiously waiting for the release of the movie Maleficent (a “Sleeping Beauty” origin story about the malevolent fairy, in case you haven’t heard), film buffs at Ancestry.com have discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection to King Edward III, who ruled from 1327-1377, makes Fanning of royal blood, a princess both on and off the big screen.
If Fanning’s newly uncovered title of princess wasn’t enough, it turns out she has a second tie to the royal family. The actress is also a relative of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. They both share a connection to King Edward III, the grandson of King Edward I also known as “Edward Longshanks.”
“It’s exciting when art imitates reality, and Elle’s storied family history adds another layer of magic to her portrayal of Aurora,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian for Ancestry.com. “Whether it’s royals or villains, there’s a story in every family tree, and you’ll never know what you might discover unless you look.”
While looking into Fanning’s family tree, researchers uncovered another magical connection. According to historical records, Fanning’s 2nd great-grandmother Mamie (Ozburn) Odum was known as the “Sunshine Lady” — a woman known for spreading good cheer. She was also a collector of unique antiques, including glass slippers, a central totem from another classic fairy tale, “Cinderella.”
With such a strong royal lineage, and a great-grandmother who may have been her generation’s fairy godmother, the starlet was a natural fit to play the part of Princess Aurora.
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About Jeanie Croasmun
Jeanie Croasmun has been working at Ancestry.com while futilely attempting to prove the horse thief story in her family history for over seven years. During that time, she learned enough about her family to determine that the story is likely a great work of fiction. But the search continues ...