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Rocky Mount Man Traces Royal Roots

One eastern carolina man has found royalty in his blood after spending years tracing his ancestry. That royalty happens to be the bachelor prince William himself. For 41 years, Clyde Gallop of Rocky Mount has been tracing royalty in his blood line. It all started after a comment his grandmother made when he was younger.

"She said you children deserve to know the past and the way she said papas past is cloudy but were from the highest families of England and Ireland including immediate royal line," said Gallop.

Gallop then began to dive into books to validate his descendants learning even his grandparents were buried at Westminster.

"I was told by the Virginia historical and gene logical society that my research as a whole which is over 500 families is 90% accurate which in genealogy is very high," said Gallop.

That line leads Gallop to prince William as his 4th cousin as well as Kate Middleton as his 12th cousin. He even learned that princess Diana was his 6th cousin

"In the instance of Wills and Kate he couldn't have picked a better girl, and for her to be of royal decent way back he still picked a girl that had a standard about her," said Gallop.

Even though Gallop has never met that part of the royal family he feels a connection. He's sent letters and cards to the royal family and has even heard back and has been recognized as a life descendant member.

"I don't call them prince now if it was in public yes i would do it whenever i write to him I always say dear Charles or dear Wills," said Gallop.

As the pieces continue to come together Gallop feels a sense of accomplishment in tracing his family history.

"I have just enjoyed knowing that I solved a mystery," said Gallop

Knowing when he tunes in from the United States - his family is celebrating the wedding and union of the century.

Gallop who is also related to 9 U.S presidents did not receive an invite to the royal wedding but told WITN he will be watching.

And you can catch coverage of the royal wedding between prince William and Kate Middleton starting Friday morning at 4am right here on WITN.


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