Benedict Cumberbatch is related to Richard III, scientists say
Actor, who is to play Plantagenet king in BBC’s new Hollow Crown series and take part in his reburial on Thursday, is said to be a second cousin 16 times removed.... It is estimated that between one and 17 million people in the UK alone are related in some way to the Plantagenet king, but Cumberbatch’s kinship is much closer than most.
LOL! They have great technology for tracing genetics nowadays. It seems there are so many living descendants of Richard III, because he was of English origin and didn't marry outside of the country, as royalty did in later years.