Ellen DeGeneres will be at Wimbledon this year but not merely to watch the tennis. Her aim, she says with a face so straight it's impossible to tell if she's serious or not, is to confront the Duchess of Cambridge, whom, she says, is a distant cousin.
"She refuses to admit it and I don't know why," she tells me, "but I am going to be at Wimbledon and if my cousin Kate is there I'm going to bring the DNA chart with me. Kate Middleton and I are distant cousins and I don't know if she thinks I'm joking, but I'm going to confront her."
According to the New England genealogical society she and the Duchess of Cambridge are 15th cousins, related through
a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his
wife, Agnes Gascoigne, who lived in the early 1500s.
"It wasn't my idea but someone brought me the chart and surprised me," says Ellen, who is 58 but looks a good ten years younger.
"I think sometimes people grow up feeling you are supposed to fit some kind of pattern and are supposed to look how society says a 58-year-old woman is supposed to look and dress and act," she says. "A lot of us just fall into that and become what we think we are supposed to become.
"I never did and I never want to and I don’t care that people know that I am 58 because I think it’s just a number and your spirit and your energy level is what your real age is."