Jun. 15, 2013 (TSR) – “Eve Gene” DNA testing has revealed that Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Prince Harry will become the first British monarchs with clear genetic link to India, the “Jewel of the Crown” via an Indian “housekeeper” reported by MailOnline.
Through analysis of saliva samples on the relatives, a clear genetic line has been drawn between the Duke of Cambridge and a half-Indian woman, a distant relative from his mother’s family.
The genetic link with India is believed to originate from Prince Williams’s great-great-great-great-great grandmother Eliza Kewark, a housekeeper.
It has not been revealed which relations of William supplied the saliva samples to allow the DNA to be tested.
Princess Diana’s maternal aunt Mary Roach told The Times: ‘I always assumed that I was part-Armenian so I am delighted that I also have an Indian background.’
Only people from the Indian subcontinent have been found to carry the particular strand of DNA. It has been recorded in 14 other people – all Indian, apart from one Nepalese native.
The DNA is thought to have been passed down to Prince William and his brother Harry, as the scientist behind the research described the genetic link as ‘unassailable’.
The tests were carried out by genetics expert Jim Wilson, from the University of Edinburgh and a group called BritainsDNA, who said that the princes would be unable to pass the DNA to their children.
Letters sent from Kewark to her estranged husband were discovered by researchers in which she begged to be able to see her children again.
The communication suggests that Forbes turned his back on his wife, potentially due to her race, referring to her as his ‘housekeeper’ in his will after he died returning to Britain on a ship in 1820.
He also described her as the ‘purported mother’ of Katherine.
Alistair Moffat, the founder of BritainsDNA, said: ‘Knowing something about your DNA and its origins in prehistory definitely changes your sense of yourself, and one way that it does that is to make you feel part of a world community.’
Historian Alistair Moffat told MailOnline how before India became a part of the British Empire in the mid-19th century, it was governed by the East India Company, who employed armies and generals and even fought wars, including Robert Clive’s famous campaign against the French which culminated in the victory at Plassey.
Mr Moffat said: ‘When Henry Dundas became Governor General of the East India Company, he began to appoint more and more Scots to important positions.
‘When Theodore Forbes came to Leith to work, he probably came into contact with the tea merchants who brought tea to Britain in the tea clippers, the wonderful sailing ships. Perhaps the Cutty Sark is the best known.
‘Scottish entrepreneurs had invested so heavily in the Indian tea industry that it outstripped production in China.
‘As the third son of a Scottish landowner, Forbes needed to make his fortune elsewhere and like many ambitious young men, he went to India to do just that.
‘When Forbes arrived in the Bombay Presidency he employed a housekeeper, Eliza Kewark. They had three children, one of whom, Catherine or Kitty, was the ancestress of Princess Diana.’
Eliza Kewark’s Genealogy
Eliza Kewark was married to Scotsman Theodore Forbes, who left his wife and sent their daughter, Katherine, to live in Britain aged six.
Kewark had three children with Theodore Forbes after he arrived in India, working for the East India Company.
One of their children, Katherine, became a well-respected member of society in Scotland and married James Crombie, a member of the family that manufactured the coats of the same name, in Aberdeen, in March 1837.
The pair had eight children including Jane Crombie, who was born in November 8, 1843, and married David Littlejohn.
Their daughter, Ruth Littlejohn, was born in 1879, who married Colonel William Smith Gill in 1898.
Ruth Littlejophn then gave birth to Ruth Sylvia Gill eight years after the turn of the century, who lived until July 6, 1993.
She became styled as Baroness Fermony after she married Edmund Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, in September 1931.
She held the office of Justice of the Peace between June 1956 and March 1960, before she became the Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and was invested as a Dame Commander, Royal Victorian Order, in 1966.
Among her children was Princess Diana’s mother, the Hon Frances Burke Roche, born on January 20, 1936, in Sandringham, Norfolk.
She married Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, and they had five children together, including Diana, before they divorced in 1969.
She then went on to marry Peter Shand Kydd.
Mitochondrial DNA, also known as the Eve Gene, is inherited solely from the mother in most species, including humans.
Tracing the gene has become an important tool in anthropology and field biology as it allows scientists to study links between populations.
It is believed to have evolved separately from nuclear DNA, deriving from the circular genomes of bacteria engulfed by the early ancestors of the modern-day eukaryotic cells.
According to the Bradshaw Foundation, it is believed by some molecular biologists that at one stage the mitochondrion was a free-living organism with its own DNA.
They say it also held the key for generating lots of energy. It then invaded single-celled nucleated organisms and has remained ever since.
While males cannot pass the DNA on to their children, they do receive and use their mother’s mitochondrial DNA.