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Meghan Markle’s great-great-great-grandmother worked at Windsor Castle

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Meghan Markle’s great-great-great-grandmother worked at Windsor Castle


It has been revealed that Meghan Markle’s great-great-great-grandmother worked as a cook at Windsor Castle in the 1850s.

A database of royal household personnel showed this year, according to the Express, that a servant called M. Bird appeared in the Windsor Castle Weekly Disbursement Book in 1856.


The Duchess of Sussex’s family has previously claimed that her ancestor, Mary Bird, worked as a maid in the royal household during the nineteenth century.


Meghan’s great-great-great grandparents married in Dublin’s Donnybrook Church of Ireland parish church 159 years ago, on January 23rd, 1860.



“It was known that Thomas Bird was in the army but no one had thought to examine whether he might have served and married his Irish wife in Ireland. With this as our starting point we were able to follow Meghan Markle’s family to Malta and then to Fredericton, New Brunswick, in Canada, ” they said.


“The 1860 civil marriage certificate and the entry in the Donnybrook Church of Ireland marriage register were important – they told us the name and occupation of Mary McCague’s father, Francis McCague, a farmer.”


Her family eventually rejected her, and the pair joined the army in Malta, where they had two children.


Mary and Thomas lived in Malta for 20 years before moving to Canada with her family before settling in New Hampshire.


Despite Victoria’s early complaints that the castle was “dull and tiresome” and “prison-like” and that she preferred Osborne and Balmoral as holiday houses, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made Windsor Castle their primary royal home.


A year before she met


Harry and Meghan really traveled to Malta to learn more about her roots.


Last month, never-before-seen photographs emerged of a comfortable and smiling Duchess exploring the island and sampling local food and wine.


“Coming to Malta has been really important to me because my great-great-grandmother lived here, so we’ve been trying to trace the ancestry,” she told the website 89.7 Bay of her journey.


“Before I came, people were telling me: ‘When you go to Malta, everyone will look like you,’ and I started to say: ‘Oh my gosh I do sort of blend in,’ and it’s the loveliest feeling.”


They also discovered that “the 1890 US death record of Mary’s son, Thomas White, told us that Mary’s own origins were in Belfast”.

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