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Meghan Markle’s ancestor was a ‘royal maid’ at Windsor

  • Meghan's great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at Royal palaces
  • Details of her life are scarce, but was born in Ireland before settling in England
  • A database of Royal Household staff reveals a worker called M. Bird 

By Claudia Joseph For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 18:36 EDT, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 23:59 EDT, 23 September 2017

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Meghan Markle's relative Mary Bird appears in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856
Meghan Markle's relative Mary Bird appears in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856

Meghan Markle's relative Mary Bird appears in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856

She could soon be betrothed to a Prince, but Meghan Markle might not be the first in her family to have a Royal connection – albeit in a very different capacity.

The American actress’s relatives – who are researching their family tree – say her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at the Royal palaces.

A database of Royal Household staff reveals a worker called M. Bird, who appears in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856, which fits with the time that Mary would have been there.

Details of Mary Bird’s life are scarce, but she was born in Ireland before settling in England. 

She married English soldier Thomas Bird, and was subsequently disowned by her family.

The couple had three daughters, including Meghan’s great-great-grandmother, also named Mary, who was born in Malta in 1862.

After her husband died, Mary took her daughters to Canada, before settling in the US. Miss Markle’s British roots were discovered by former US Air Force Colonel Ken Barbi, whose wife Susan is a second cousin of Miss Markle’s father, Thomas.

Mr Barbi said last night: ‘It is extraordinary to think that one of Mary’s descendants looks likely to marry Prince Harry.’   

The American actress¿s(pictured) relatives ¿ who are researching their family tree ¿ say her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at the Royal palaces
The American actress¿s(pictured) relatives ¿ who are researching their family tree ¿ say her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at the Royal palaces
Meghan Markle as Rachel Elizabeth Zane in Suits
Meghan Markle as Rachel Elizabeth Zane in Suits

The American actress’s(pictured) relatives – who are researching their family tree – say her great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, worked at the Royal palaces

US Air Force Colonel Ken Barbi said last night: ¿It is extraordinary to think that one of Mary¿s descendants looks likely to marry Prince Harry.¿ Pictured: Prince Harry with Melania Trump
US Air Force Colonel Ken Barbi said last night: ¿It is extraordinary to think that one of Mary¿s descendants looks likely to marry Prince Harry.¿ Pictured: Prince Harry with Melania Trump

US Air Force Colonel Ken Barbi said last night: ‘It is extraordinary to think that one of Mary’s descendants looks likely to marry Prince Harry.’ Pictured: Prince Harry with Melania Trump

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