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Prince William's Indian heritage revealed

Borders-based researchers claim to have found Prince William has Indian ancestry

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Borders researches claim to have uncovered Prince William's Indian ancestry

Prince William's Indian heritage revealed after DNA test Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge has proven Indian ancestry, according to new DNA analysis by scientists from Melrose based BritainsDNA and the University of Edinburgh.Saliva samples from Prince William's relatives discovered a direct link between the future king and a woman who was part-Indian.

The connection traces back eight generations, with the woman, Eliza Kewark, being the Duke's great, great, great, great, great grandmother.She was housekeeper to his fifth great-grandfather Theodore Forbes, born in 1788, a Scottish merchant who worked for the East India Company in Surat.

Researchers used a mixture of traditional genealogy and cutting-edge science to come up with the findings. It shows that the second in line to the throne carries Eliza's mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Mitochondrial DNA is a small piece of DNA inherited mostly unchanged from a mother to her children.

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