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Engaged ‘Game of Thrones’ couple Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are actually related

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We love the story of Kit Harington and Rose Leslie - on-screen lovers who also fall for each other in real life? We’re 100% here for it.

Sadly Jon Snow and Ygritte are no longer together in Game of Thrones - down to the fact that Ygritte is stone cold dead, but Kit and Rose announced their real-world engagement yesterday - using the old fashioned method of the newspaper (what is that? Would be great if someone could let me know).

The finale of Game of Thrones recent seventh season saw Jon Snow start a new love affair with Daenerys Targaryen - who, unbeknownst to both characters, is actually his aunt.

And while Kit isn’t following in the footsteps of his on-screen personality by having a young boy kill Rose Leslie and running off with Emilia Clarke, there is one way in which life is imitating art - and it’s the most Game of Thrones thing ever.

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged - but also related

Yes, shockingly, the two actors who met on the set of TV’s most incest happy television show are related. Who woulda thunk it.

Thankfully for Kit and Rose the link is very distant, so they have nothing to worry about, but that doesn’t stop it being funny for the rest of us.

The happy couple are both descendants of King Charles II, who ruled England, Scotland and Ireland between 1630 and 1685. The king was Harington’s eight-great-grandfather, while Leslie’s mother is the maternal great-granddaughter of Simon Fraser, who is also descended from Charles.

Yes, equally shockingly, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are both very posh.

Sophie Wilkinson discovered the link and posted it on Twitter, where Game of Thrones fans are obviously enjoying the extremely predictable coincidence.

Come back to us tomorrow when we’ll reveal that Maisie Williams is actually a secret mass murderer, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has lost his hand in a freak cooking accident, and Sean Bean is dead.

(Images: Rex)