I Just Found Out These 18 Celebrities Are Related To Actual Royalty, And Some Are Pretty Surprising

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    For most of us, movies like The Princess Diaries and What a Girl Wants are basically fairy tales, but a lot of people — celebs included — can actually trace their family trees back to royalty.

    Here are 18 celebrities who are related to royalty:

    1. Thandiwe Newton is the daughter of a Zimbabwean princess.

    actor who plays Maeve Millay in "Westword"

    2. Hilary Duff has been called "America's most royal celebrity" because she's more closely related to Queen Elizabeth II than any other American in Hollywood is.

    actor who played Lizzie McGuire on Disney Channel

    3. Beyoncé is Queen Elizabeth II's 25th cousin once removed.

    "Halo" singer

    4. Dakota and Elle Fanning are the 22nd great-granddaughters of King Edward III.

    actor who played Penelope Stern in "Oceans 8" and actor who played Aurora in "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"

    5. Ralph Fiennes is Prince Charles' eighth cousin.

    actor who played Voldemort in "Harry Potter"

    6. Paris Hilton found out she was Queen Elizabeth II's 20th cousin after taking a DNA test.

    reality star known for "The Simple Life"

    7. Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne is related to Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia.

    lead singer of Black Sabbath

    8. Brooke Shields is Queen Elizabeth II's 18th cousin once removed.

    actor who played Susan Keane on "Suddenly Susan"

    9. Akosua Busia is a Ghanaian princess.

    actor who played Nettie Harris in "The Color Purple"

    10. Tilda Swinton is a direct descendant of the Scottish king Robert the Bruce.

    actor who played the Ancient One in "Doctor Strange"

    11. Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal are Queen Elizabeth II's 19th cousins.

    actors who played Elizabeth and Donnie Darko in "Donnie Darko"

    12. Madonna is the ninth cousin of Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall.

    "Material Girl" singer

    13. Yaphet Kotto was the great-great-grandson of Cameroon's King Alexander Bell.

    actor who played Technician Dennis Parker in "Alien"

    14. Guy Ritchie is the sixth cousin of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

    "Sherlock Holmes" director

    15. Rose Leslie's father is a chieftain of the Aberdeernshire clan.

    actor who played Ygritte in "Game of Thrones"

    16. Bill Hader is the 40th great-great-grandson of Charlemagne.

    actor who stars in "Barry"

    17. Catherine Oxenberg was born to Prince Paul and Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.

    actor who played Amanda Carrington in the 80s version of "Dynasty"

    18. And finally, Benedict Cumberbatch played his ancestor Richard III in The Hollow Crown.

    actor who played Sherlock in BBC series