Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres Are (Distant) Cousins!

Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres

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02/11/2011 AT 2:05 PM ET

As Ellen DeGeneres put it herself: Hold on to your crumpets!

The talk show host – who has been jokingly lobbying for an invite to the royal wedding – announced on her show Wednesday that she and Kate Middleton are actually distant cousins.

“Our trusty genealogists have been at work on Kate Middleton’s genealogy,” wrote Tom Champoux from The New England Historic Genealogical Society in a letter to Ellen.

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