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William Skipper: Edward Iii and Genealogical Society

william skipper: Edward III ruled from 1327 until 1377, according to CTV. Royal experts have said that the 36-year-old Markle will not formally be known as Princess Meghan because she is not of royal birth. A researcher at the Boston-based New England Historic Genealogical Society, one of the world's premier genealogical organizations, said Thursday that Markle is a direct descendant of England's King Edward III, and she and Harry are 17th cousins. Genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts says Markle's royal lineage comes through an early immigrant to Boston, the Rev. He's an ancestor of Markle's father. William Skipper, who arrived in New England in 1639. ( As reported in the news.