The newly-engaged Game of Thrones lovebirds Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are in fact ‘related’ according to one fan’s bit of research.
In possibly the most British way ever, the couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times newspaper.
Mr K.C. Harington and Miss R.E. Leslie: The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.
Upon learning this news, one Twitter-user did a bit of digging – and I use this term loosely – she went on Wikipedia and found a little something.
It looks like detective Sophie has discovered Kit and Rose actually share a royal relative, Charles II of England. How very Westerosi of them.
Kit’s Wikipedia page states:
Through his paternal grandmother, Lavender Cecilia Denny, Harington’s eighth-great-grandfather was Charles II of England.
Her mother is Candida Mary Sibyl ‘Candy’ Leslie (née Weld) of Clan Fraser, maternal great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat, and descendant of Charles II of England.
So, yeah, it looks like the engaged pair are distantly related.
Cool that Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged but also they are related??? pic.twitter.com/ds4B8OAfrB
— Sophie WilkINson (@sophwilkinson) September 27, 2017
Charles II of England lived way back in the 16th century – from 1630–1685 – to be precise and that’s almost 400 years ago.
And talking of relations, in 1677, Charles married his niece and had a ‘number of illegitimate children with various mistresses’, according to the BBC.
One person said what everybody else was thinking and was quick to point out the couple weren’t related ‘by Game of Thrones standards’. That’s a point right there.
Kit met Rose on the set of the HBO fantasy hit Game of Thrones, where she played Ygritte a wildling woman who Kit’s Jon Snow fell in love with, and the pair has been dating on and off since 2012.
By Game of Thrones standards they aren't
— #NotTrending (@CrackedActor99) September 27, 2017
Harington told Vogue Italia that the pair fell in love while filming and he recalled his time filming season two in Iceland as his favourite memory of the show.
Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.
The couple live together in a mansion in East Anglia worth £1.75 million.
Kit told James Corden back in June:
I’ve moved in with my other best friend Rose, so I’m very happy.
It’s going well, so she’s got all sorts of ideas for the house.
I said to her, cause she’s moved into my house, ‘Look darling, it’s important that this is our space. That it feels like our space. That you haven’t just moved into mine. Move anything you want around, change anything, chuck anything out’.
Well, at least Rose hasn’t turned out to be his aunty…