New DNA Test Confirms Prince William’s Armenian Ancestry


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LONDON—New genetic tests have revealed that Prince William’s ancestors were part-Armenian, part-Indian, reported The Times of London.

DNA analysis has helped researchers prove the Duke of Cambridge’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Eliza Kerwark was half-Indian.

Eliza – who is an ancestor of William’s and Harry’s mother Princess Diana – was always believed to have come from Armenia.

Researchers have previously traced Diana’s family line back six generations to Eliza Kework, who was born in western India in around 1790 and is believed to have married Scottish merchant Theodore Forbes in 1812.

Eliza’s father was an Armenian trader, but there is no record of her mother. Now the genetic analysis shows she must have been Indian.

Edinburgh University genetics expert Jim Wilson, who carried out the tests on Wills’s relatives, said among Eliza’s DNA was a very rare type of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) which is only inherited from mothers.

He said that particular genetic code has been found in only 14 other people before — 13 Indian and one Nepalese.

Inter-racial affairs were common at the time — but researchers say snobbery could explain why Theodore abandoned Eliza and sent their young daughter Katherine back to Britain.

Katherine, known as Kitty, went on to marry in Scotland and her great-great-granddaughter was Frances Burke Roche, who married the 8th Earl Spencer and had five children including Diana Spencer.

Diana’s aunt Mary Roach, one of those who provided DNA, said: “I always assumed that I was part-Armenian so I am delighted that I also have an Indian background.”

Dr Wilson said Princes William and Harry would both have inherited Eliza’s distinctive mtDNA code but would not pass it to their children.

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  1. Princes Diana’s Passion-ness…Frankness
    Sound she carried Armenian genes…
    And her kindness to sick and poor…
    Never afraid to touch HIV patients …
    She was extremely brave.
    How can they say the son will not inherit some…!
    Sons always take from mothers…
    Through chromosome X, which is the only one…
    Look at prince William’s face…
    He looks like his mother
    Who will say ‘No’…
    Thee is a blind

    Sylva-MD-Poetry

  2. Satenik says:

    There was a mention of this when Lady Diana got married to prince Charles .

  3. Hratch says:

    What about Prince Harry? Why is William only being mention?…..Oh by the way, WHO CARES !!!

  4. Random Armenian says:

    No, the DNA test confirmed the Indian connection, not the Armenian. The title does not match the content of the article. The DNA testing was on mtDNA, which is passed on from the mother’s side only, and thus has nothing to do Eliza Kework’s Armenian father.

    Also, I think as most Armenians will notice, Kewark is most likely Kevork.

  5. Keyser Soze says:

    The Turks are fuming. He is part Greek and part Armenian and Indian.

  6. Seroun says:

    Prince William
    s ancestry

  7. German_in_Yerevan says:

    It is literally impossible to trace ‘Armenian DNA’.

    Armenians typically haven’t got a particular and dominant genetic makeup as do other peoples in the region. Armenian DNA is typically a cocktail of 8-15 dominant gene pools shared with the neighbor racial groups.

    The only sub group of Armenians who display a semblance of a dominant, common ancestry are those who hail from Artsakh and modern day central and eastern Azerbaijan but even they only share typically around 35% in common carrier lineage.

    Georgians have four dominant DNA pools that correspond to their four dominant tribal entities though two are often mixed (i.e: Mingrelians and Svans) and can be easily confused. So too, Kurds, Gilakis, Dagestanis, Chechens and Mazandaranis have an easily traceable genetic pool due to the dominant genes they share. The naked eye can detect the racial similarities with some peoples of the region but it is near impossible to do with Armenians who come in all colors, shape and sizes.

    Despite this I don’t doubt that Prince Charles has an Armenian ancestor and I congratulate him at this joyful discovery!

  8. HArutuyn says:

    Yuri Gagarin was Armenian also .

  9. Shant Melkonian says:

    I take everything bad I said about the ‘Leechlike Bloodsucking Freeloading Parasitical’ British Monarch, back!

  10. Boghos Jermag says:

    This story is completely stupid. Are Armenians so insecure that they need some sort of validation that some figurehead is part Armenian? Armenians are already gloating that interracial pornographic star, Kim Kardashian is Armenian… Armenians should be proud that Sultan Abdul Hamid II of Armenian ancestry, as is pretty much every single Turk in Turkey.

    • Lus says:

      Oh,dont be jealous!We do not need anybodys validation!It is just a fact!And what about Kim,you and many others like you love her,dont you?

  11. david says:

    whoop dee do

  12. Grish Davtian says:

    Հնդիկ Eliza Kewark էլիզա Կեվարկը սպասավոր է լինում Հնդկաստանի Բոմբեյ քաղաքում հաստատված նորջուղայեցի մի հայ վաճառականի տանը, որի երիտասարդ տղայից հղանում է։ Հայ ընտանիքը առանձնացնում է Էլիզային, միչև երեխան ծնվում է։ Ապա երեխային վերցնելով, Էլիզային հեռացնում են։ Հետագայում այդ աղջիկ երեխային տանում են Անգլիա…:

  13. Katia says:

    Read the British reports carefully. The DNA test proved Prince William’s INDIAN ancestry ONLY.

    NO DNA test was done to prove his ARMENIAN ancestry. His greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgrandmother’s being an Armenian comes from the family tree, NOT from a DNA test. Armenians thought Diana was 1/64th Armenian… Turns out she was 1/128th Armenian since this Armenian greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgrandmother was actually half-Armenian.

    Please correct your headline!

  14. pathetic situationian says:

    WHO CARES! How does his great great great great great great great grandma being half Armenian help Armenians and Armenia NOW? Is the Prince going to do or say anything pro-Armenian?

    • Lus says:

      Why do you take it in a such bad way?Is there anything wrong about discussing and telling who is who,where are you from?Այ քեզ բան!!!!

  15. Lyudmila says:

    Eliza`s second name was Kewark- it`s similar with armenian Kevorkyan.

  16. Artin says:

    This may be the result of late migration to Europe (probably sometime during the Bagratouni and Byzantine). There were many early migration waves from the Armenian plateau to uninhabited Europe which completely created the European population. Unfortunately we don’t learn about these subjects, rather we hear mythical and antiarmenian propaganda in our history classes.

  17. The correct name is Kevork and not Kework or Kewark…which is a Saint’s name means Saint George…Some Armenians have indian blood through centuries…And we can’t say that Kevork’s wife was purely Indian…People are mixed through centuries…There is no one person who is pure …can Dr. Wilson give one example about a person who is pure? …is he pure Scottish or English or Irish…I doubt… !!!

  18. Seroun says:

    I had my DNA tested as well as my father’s who is Chinese. For females the price was 1/2 because they can only trace through your mother. My DNA on my Armenian mother’s line came up beginning in Ethiopia and ending in “Mesopatamia” Our people were from Western Armenia: Kharpert and island near Bolis.
    My father also started in Ethiopia and ended up in Jiangsu province China which was correct. His swab of DNA was for a male …. tested on both parents.

  19. Hayorty says:

    It is in the British Manuscripts that the Brits themselves came from a land called Armenia. Much before even the Seljuk Turks setting foot in Western and Eastern Armenian, Armenians migrated to Europe, mainly to Tuscany, Italy, South West of France and Iberia. Probably during the Seljuk Turks’ arrival to Western Armenia about 300,000 Armenians migrated to Poland or the yesteryears of Prussia. From Nakhichevan, Armenians migrated to Smyrna and Eastern Europe to get away from the Mongolian Turks. Some kept on travelling down, all the way to Dickranagerd.

  20. AYO says:

    Spiritually speaking, Armenians, Jews and Persians are the lastly better developed people. That is why it is their destiny to share their characteristics with others. The result is that as these people have a capacity of a better adaptation are badly treated by others though they bring new things and help the others in their development.

    Concerning Prince William, m. Kevork was an Armenian merchant who traded in Surat close to Mumbai and married an Indian woman. Many Armenians from New Julfa were asked by Persians to help them in their trade with India. The Emperor Akbar also invited Armenians to come to India to trade. Akbar also married an Armenina woman later known as Maryam Zamani, who became the mother of the next emperor Jahandir. Maryam Zamani was the most prominent trade-woman in India. Once when her ship was captured by the Portuguses her son severely reacted towards the Portugeus.

    For me it is a pleasure to know that Prince William has Armenian blood ! The fact revealed by his rare DNA which came from Kevork’s daughter. One more thing Kate and her mother were not abandoned. The Scots died, he left a heritage to his wife and their three children. After his death, 2 childre went to GB, Kate and her younger brother. The brother preferred to return back to India but Kate stayed there !

    I find it wonderful that Lady Di gives such a nice present to her son and her granson ! I got the impression that she is still overlooking over her children !

  21. Katie says:

    Hmm, this might make things awkward for the British royal family, seeing as they’re in bed with Aliyev.

    “…Princes William and Harry at a charity match at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucester, when they reportedly discussed hosting a polo event in Azerbaijan to raise money for the Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’s charity.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237824/Azerbaijan-oil-heiresses-bathe–beneath-lurks-murky-secrets.html#ixzz2lOWWWj5C
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