Ancestry Expert Claims The Queen Is Distant Relative Of The Prophet Muhammad
An ancestry expert has claimed that the Queen is a distant relative of the Prophet Muhammad.
Burke's Peerage, which is a British authority on Royal genealogy and bloodlines, initially released these findings over 30 years ago, but the claims have now resurfaced after appearing in a newspaper in Morocco.
Moroccan newspaper Al-Ousboue has shared the information, which traces the Queen's lineage back for several generations - right across medieval Muslim Spain and through to Fatima, who was the Prophet's daughter.
This isn't the first time the Queen has been linked to Muhammad, Egyptian scholar Ali Gomaa has previously said the pair were distantly related, the Daily Star reports.
Most of the claims are based on a Muslim princess called Zaida, who left Seville in the 11th century to escape a Berber attack on the town.
She converted to Christianity and married King Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad of Seville. The pair had a son, Sancho, and one of his descendants is said to have married the Earl of Cambridge in the 14th century.
However, according to the Spectator, Zaida's origins are 'debatable', with some experts claiming she was the child of a wine-drinking caliph and others claiming she married into the family of the Prophet.
Nevertheless, some people think it's great news, with journalist Abdelhamid Al-Auouni from Al-Ousboue writing: "It builds a bridge between our two religions and kingdoms."
When the claims were originally made, back in 1986, the publishing director of Burke's Peerage wrote to then-PM Margaret Thatcher urging her to increase security.
In a letter at the time, he wrote: "The royal family's direct descent from the Prophet Muhammad cannot be relied upon to protect the Royal Family forever from Moslem terrorists."
Buckingham Palace is yet to make any comment on the claims.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've had a good look at the Queen's family lines. Back in 2016, BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? revealed that Danny Dyer was also related to the Royals.
His 15-times great grandfather was Thomas Cromwell, a close pal of Henry VIII, who married Elizabeth Seymour - meaning he was the 22-times great-grandson of Edward III.
Buckingham Palace is also yet to comment on those claims.
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