03/03/2008 at 08:00 AM EST
Barack Obama has connections in high places – like the British Royal Family.
So says British genealogist Robert Barrett, who traced the Democratic presidential hopeful's roots.
"Obama's mother, Ann, brought to his gene pool a descent from the 17th-century plantation owner Mareen Duvall," he told Britain's Sunday Telegraph
. "She is an ancestor of the Duchess of Windsor."
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, is the only American to have married into the British royal family – Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to become her spouse. She died in April 1986.
But that's not all, according to the genealogist.
"[Obama] has a rich mixture of European ancestors, including the early medieval kings of England and Scotland, a signatory of the Magna Carta, and, for good measure, an Irish emigrant from County Offaly," he explained.
Obama is locked with Hillary Clinton in a close race for the Democratic presidential nomination. His famous supporters include Scarlett Johansson
, Jessica Alba
and Ryan Phillippe