Anne Hegerty fears her ancestors may have ‘owned’ some of Shaun Wallace’s relatives

The Chase star Anne Hegerty discovers she’s related to Queen Elizabeth II in Tonight’s DNA Secret, while Chaser co-star Shaun Wallace learns about his ancestry in Jamaica

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Anne Hegerty was very interested while researching her family history with fellow Chaser Shaun Wallace.

The Chase stars have joined a new series of ITV shows DNA Secrets, where celebrity couples embark on a journey to discover where they come from.

The popular TV duo, also known as The Govern and The Dark Destroyer, use cutting-edge DNA technology and genealogy to go back in their family history.

They come face to face with living relatives they’ve never known before – and Anne is shocked to learn she’s related to the royal family.

While unearthing the secrets of their past, Anne travels with Shaun to Jamaica on an emotional voyage of discovery to discover more about his bloodline.

Speaking of their trip to the Caribbean, Shaun said: “It was amazing. Without giving anything away, I discovered a loved one from a distant and obscure past was very selfless, and that was it. A truly poignant moment for me.

“It’s also Anne’s first time going to Jamaica, and that’s great because she’s basically come to my territory and she’s really embraced it. She loves the food and the culture; it’s a treat. special time period.

Shaun Wallace and Anne Hegerty are learning about their family history



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In tonight’s opening episode, Shaun admits Anne is concerned some of her ancestors may have “possessed” some of his relatives.

He added: “Before we went, I think Anne was worried that we would find out that her ancestor used to possess my ancestor of something, but luckily, no it has to be like that.”

At first, Shaun has to deal with an unpleasant past that turns out not to be quite what he first appeared.

Unsurprisingly, he manages to trace his family back eight generations back to the early 1700s and finds an ancestor who has amassed a small fortune in Cuba.

Shaun was also shocked to discover that some of his ancestors had some similarities to him, telling TV Times: “There are some traits inherited from my ancestors that my family and I clearly have. gifted, like math and geometry.

“It was really exciting to find that out, because it looks like DNA does indeed last for generations. There are also some amazing birth-date coincidences.”

Shaun and Anne embark on an extended trip from Jamaica to the UK – with The Governess discovering she has ties to the royal family.

Shaun and Anne are on a DNA journey



Shaun talked about the show on This Morning today


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What Shaun doesn’t know, though, is that there’s more to Anne than being witnessed as he discovers he may have to start submitting to her.

The quiz genius discovered she was the 19th cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and King Robert the Bruce was her grandfather 20 times.

Anne was shocked by the revelation, but later explained that her grandmother had previously revealed a bit of this family history but she did not believe her claims.

“Well, that’s great. But my grandmother was the biggest liar,” admitted Anne when speaking to the show’s historian.

“My aunt says she’s a romantic and she weaves life a little, so I always felt that anything from my grandmother had to be seasoned with a pinch of salt.”

Anne discovered she was related to the Hayes family on her mother’s side and that one of her family members married the King’s daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1370.

Anne said: “My mother was always extremely opposed to the idea of ​​someone knowing about their ancestors. She would say, ‘That proves nothing, honey’.

“As a child, I was always curious about these things and my mother was always very repressed.

Anne finds out she’s related to the royal family, but Shaun won’t call her Queen Anne



“I think it’s because being with my mom is a little bit of a luxury, and she thinks I’m going to grow up to be a terrible snob. But I’ve grown up to be a terrible snob. , so there’s really nothing to hide.”

Though one thing Shaun made clear was that from now on he would refuse to call her Queen Anne.

Anne also discovers that one of her ancestors survived two German torpedo attacks during World War I, and that they overcame the sinking by clinging to an overturned lifeboat. back in four hours.

“I discovered my great-grandmother’s first cousin was the deputy chief engineer on a ocean liner during World War I and survived two German torpedo attacks,” she said.

“He clung to an overturned lifeboat for four hours. I went away and was really impressed with that level of endurance.

“I also dealt with ancestral skulls. I can’t tell you anything more, but it was a proud moment.”

* The new DNA journey that begins with Anne and Shaun will begin at 9pm tonight on ITV.

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