Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

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An American genealogist proved that Meghan is related to US professional baseball player Mookie Betts. Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts, 26, is a right fielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Genealogist Jim McNiff delved into Betts’ family tree in an article for the Boston Globe in May 2018.

He discovered that Betts’ ancestry actually intersect’s with Meghan’s twice.

The first family tie linking Meghan and Betts dates back 150 years.

According to census records Meghan and Betts’ great-great-grandfathers Jacob and Joseph Betts lived next door to each other.

They both lived on a plantation in Madison County, Alabama.

It is unclear how or even whether Jacob and Joseph were related.

The other more substantial link comes from the marriage of Katie and Richard Betts in 1920.

Katie Betts is Meghan’s great-great-aunt and Richard Betts is the sportsman’s great-great-uncle.

This means the Royal and the right fielder are very distant cousins by marriage.

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Prince Harry and Meghan visited both teams in their clubhouses before the game.

He told the Boston Globe he didn’t know she was coming to spectate.

Betts said: “I knew Prince Harry was coming.

“I told her about the story and she laughed and gave me a hug.

“She didn’t know about it, they probably didn’t believe it.”

Betts added: “It’s pretty cool it happened.

“I didn’t think I’d ever meet her, but I did.”

The Red Sox lost their game to the Yankees 17-13.

The team presented Meghan and Harry with gifts for their son Archie, he now has a Red Sox onesie and a tiny baseball cap.

Meghan and Betts led very different lives, she was born in California and become a Hollywood actress before becoming a member of the Royal family.

Betts was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and made his Baseball debut in 2014.

Meghan married Prince Harry in 2018 and they now live in Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, with Archie.

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