The Daily Mail has traced Kate Middleton's ancestry back to a family of coal miners. She's the girlfriend and possible consort of Prince William.
By 1890 John Harrison junior, Kate's great-great grandfather, now just 16, was fatherless and already working down the pit. In time, he married a local girl, Jane Hill, from the nearby village of Hetton Lyons.William's ancestors led lives very similar, only with less hard work and more time to pursue hobbies like chess and serial infidelity.
They set up home in a miner's cottage at 22 Nicholas Street, Hetton Downs, and prepared to live their lives pretty much as John Senior and James Harrison had done: with hard work and constant danger, but within a warm and supportive community. [Link]