Genealogist Believes Mookie Betts, Meghan Markle May Be Distant Relatives

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

BOSTON, MA - MAY 2:  Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on Wednesday May 2, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mookie Betts
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Mookie Betts has made a name for himself as a terrific all-around player on the diamond, but the Boston Red Sox star may have a new claim to fame.

According to the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, Betts may be a distant relative of Meghan Markle's, who will marry Prince Harry on May 19. Amateur genealogist Jim McNiff discovered Betts' great-great grandfather (Joseph Betts) and Markle's great-great-great grandfather (Jacob Betts) both lived in Madison County, Alabama.

"I saw on television that they were getting married. But I had no idea we were related," Betts said, per Abraham. "That's not something you expect to hear, but it's interesting."

Betts himself has become one of baseball's top players. In his first three full seasons, he earned two All-Star selections, won two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger, and he received American League MVP votes in each season (finishing runner-up in 2016).

This year has been more of the same. The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .355/.434/.818 with 13 home runs, 12 doubles and 26 RBI in 30 games. Those are numbers fit for royalty.

According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball is expected to announce Tuesday that the Red Sox and New York Yankees will play a series in London next year. That would potentially give a couple of relatives a chance to meet.

"That would be cool, to meet her," Betts said, per Abraham. "I wonder if she's a baseball fan?"

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