The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1471 Monday 23 August 1999.
From: Mariann Woodward <
Date: Saturday, 21 Aug 1999 21:09:23 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare Gossip
Is Prince William Descended From Shakespeare?
LONDON (Reuters) - Is Britain's Prince William descended from
Shakespeare? A German academic claims to have found clues to a blood
link between the bard and Britain's royal family, the Sunday Times
A new book points to evidence hidden in paintings to argue that
Shakespeare had an illegitimate daughter Penelope who grew up to marry
the second Baron Spencer-from whom William's mother the late Princess
Diana was directly descended.
The book by Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel of Mainz University will be
published next month as "The Secrets of Shakespeare's Dark Lady," the
Sunday Times said.
It said the book names the woman with whom Shakespeare had the affair as
Elizabeth Vernon, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.
A portrait of her known as The Persian Lady in Hampton Court Palace
bears a sonnet claimed to be by Shakespeare, the paper said. A portrait
in another collection is said to carry a miniature image of the
As for whether Shakespeare's genes could reassert themselves in
17-year-old Prince William, the son of Diana and Prince Charles, the
Times noted that so far William has excelled as a sportsman but is also
thought to be a good English student.