Originally posted by @ashiitaka to MetalBrain
Fun fact: she had African ancestry on both her maternal and paternal side.
Another fun fact: I'm a descendant of hers.
Ash's 'fun fact' remains a conjecture in dispute.
"Mario de Valdes y Cocom, historian of the African Diaspora, suggests that Charlotte
may have had distant African ancestry; she descended from Margarita de Castro e Souza,
a 15th-century Portuguese noblewoman, who traced her ancestry to King Afonso III of
Portugal (1210–1279) and one of his mistresses, Madragana (c. 1230–?).
In a 1996 episode of the PBS TV series, Frontline, Valdes speculated that Scottish
painter Allan Ramsay emphasized the Queen's alleged "mulatto" appearance in his
portrait of her to support the anti-slave trade movement, and noted that Baron
Stockmar had described the Queen as having a "mulatto face" in his autobiography
and that other contemporary sources made similar observations.
Critics of Valdes's theory point out that Margarita's and Madragana's distant perch in
the queen's family tree – nine and 15 generations removed, respectively – makes any
African ancestry that they bequeathed to Charlotte negligible. It is uncertain whether
Madragana was even black. In addition, Charlotte shared descent from Alfonso and
Madragana with a large proportion of Europe's royalty and nobility."