Recent work by BritainsDNA, an affiliate of www.scotlandsDNA.com, indicate that Prince William, second in line to the British throne, has a few drops of Indian DNA in his veins.
Prince William’s mother, Lady Diana Spencer, is descended from Katharine Scott Forbes (1812-1893) who was the result of a liaison between a Scotsman, Theodore Forbes (from Boyndlie near Fraserburgh) and his housekeeper Eliza Keward in the port of Surat near Bombay. Because of the similarity with the Armenian surname Kevork it is possible that Eliza was part Armenian.
Theodore was a merchant working for the East India Company. It appears that the liaison with Eliza was a genuine, lasting, marriage and two more children were born. Unfortunately, Theodore died in 1820 on the voyage home to Scotland with Katharine and her brother. The brother returned to India, but Katharine stayed in Scotland and married James Crombie of Aberdeen. In 1954 Katharine’s great-great-granddaughter Frances married Viscount Althorp (later Earl Spencer), and gave birth to Lady Diana in 1961.
Scientists at BritainsDNA have managed to trace two living descendants of Eliza (third cousins to Lady Diana’s mother) and tested their mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Both belong to a rare haplogroup R30b which is only found in India and Nepal. This proves that Eliza, the great-great-great-great-great- grandmother to Prince William, was at least part Indian.
mtDNA passes down the motherline from women to their children, but it dies out in sons. Thus neither Prince William nor Prince Harry will pass on Eliza’s mtDNA to their children.