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The British tabs are abuzz because a genealogist discovered that young Prince William is a distant relation to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton . According

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Today in Sex: Royal Duo Are Kissin' Cousins

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The British tabs are abuzz because a genealogist discovered that young Prince William is a distant relation to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton. According to the Daily Mail, "The man who links William and Kate as kith and kin is Sir Thomas Leighton, an Elizabethan soldier, diplomat and, for 40 years, the cut-throat Governor of Guernsey." This connection makes them 12th cousins, and if you've seen any photos of the extended Royal Family, it shouldn't shock you to find out that there's been some unfortunate inbreeding going on. However, it's not just the Royals and archetypal hillbillies who are intermingling. . . .

There are many examples of incestuous (and just sort of creepy, borderline-incestuous) pairings on this side of the pond:

Woody Allen & Soon Yi Previn

While not technically her dad, Allen raised Soon Yi from the time she was a child before seducing and then marrying her. That the couple have two adopted daughters just adds a little extra eww.

Rudy Giuliani & Regina Peruggi

The former mayor of New York married Peruggi, thinking she was his third cousin. They later discovered they were actually second cousins. This oversight never could've happened in my meddling family, but that's the story they're sticking to and besides, he's had a few marriages since then.

John & MacKenzie Phillips

After one tell-all book and much therapy, MacKenzie saw that her sexual relationship with her dad was not consensual, just really fucking creepy and exploitative.

Kathryn Harrison & her dad

In her memoir, The Kiss, Harrison details the love affair (her words, not mine), she had with her dad. She was a consenting adult when the affair happened and he hadn't been around much when she was growing up, but, uh, yuck.

Jerry Lee Lewis & Myrna Gale Brown

It's one thing to marry your third cousin--it's quite another to do so when she's only 13 years old.

So while Kate and Wills are distantly related, I doubt there's cause to worry. But still, they should keep in mind that inbreeding is what brought down the Hapsburgs.

 
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