Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2013 Contents the genetic ancestry testing company
BritainsDNA announced today.
BritainsDNA says it is confident of
Kewark s lineage because it traced
Williams mitochondrial DNA, or
mtDNA, which is passed down from
mother to child. BritainsDNA took saliva
samples from two unnamed members
of the royal family and traced it back
seven generations to Kewark, who was
born around 1790.
Kewark s mtDNA is so rare, Britains-
DNA said, that it has only been found
in 14 other people, all but one of whom
was Indian (the other one was Nepali).
"It is therefore likely that Prince
William has not only inherited a small
proportion of Indian DNA from Eliza
Kewark but her heirs will also carry it,"
BritainsDNA said yesterday.
According to the biography, The Real
Diana, by Lady Colin Campbell, Kewark s
background was known but kept quiet
by a family that was full of Europeans
descended from royalty.
"Eliza Kewark was a dark-skinned
native of Bombay who had lived, without
benefit of matrimony, with her great-
great-grandfather Theodore Forbes while
he worked for the East India Company,"
The Real Diana reads.
"Unsavory as the taint of illegitimacy
was, even at that distance in time, it
was nothing compared with the stigma
of what was then known as coloured
blood. Had it been generally known that
Ruth (Diana s great-grandmother) and
her children were part-Indian, they
might never have made good marriages.
"Eliza s true race was therefore
expunged from the family tree and she
re-emerged as an Armenian. This fiction
was maintained even when Diana mar-
ried the Prince of Wales." (BBC)
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Once upon a time, a woman from
India named Eliza Kewark was
shunned by her family because of her
The father of her child referred to her
as the "housekeeper" and the "purported
mother" of their daughter, Katharine.
Katharine was sent off without her
mother to England, and that s where
this story might have ended. But Kather-
ine gave birth to Jane, who gave birth
to Ruth, who had another Ruth, who
had Frances, who had Diana.
As in Princess Diana.
Which means that Great Britain will,
one day, have a monarch with Indian
blood, and the Commonwealth will be
led by a king with a clear genetic link
to its most populous nation.
Eliza Kewark is Prince William s great-
She has long been described as Armen-
ian, but Kewark was at least half-Indian,
Princess Diana's hidden
ancestral secret revealed
Protests against bus and
underground fare rises in the
Brazilian city of Sao Paulo
have turned violent. Police
fired rubber-coated bullets and
tear gas, and detained more
than 200 people. Police say
they seized petrol bombs,
knives and drugs.
Violence has also been
reported at protests in Rio de
Prices for a single ticket in
Sao Paulo were raised on June
2 from 3 reals (US$1.40) to 3.20
The authorities say that the
rise is well below inflation,
which since the last price rise
in January 2011 has been at 15.5
per cent, according to official
An estimated 5,000 protest-
ers converged on the streets of
Sao Paulo s central area on
Thursday---the fourth day of
The protesters clashed with
police, who fired tear gas to try
to disperse the crowd.
The demonstrators were
mostly university students, but
the authorities said there were
also groups of anarchists look-
ing for a fight.
Some are reported to have
set fire to rubbish in the streets,
while others smashed shop
At least 55 people have been
injured, according to the Folha
de Sao Paulo newspaper. It
added that six of its journalists
had been wounded, two of
them shot in the face.
State Governor Geraldo Alck-
min branded the rioters "van-
dals" and promised to act to
avoid a repeat of the violence.
Brazil transport fare
protest turns violent
A radio presenter has been sacked
in Australia for asking Prime Minister
Julia Gillard in a live interview if her
partner is gay.
Howard Sattler suggested to Gillard
that her partner of seven years, Tim
Mathieson, had to be homosexual
because he was a hairdresser.
Gillard characterised his comments
as an absurd generalisation.
The DJ was suspended and then
sacked by Fairfax Radio, which apol-
ogised for the "disrespectful" ques-
The incident on Thursday comes as
Australia prepares for a general election
on 14 September---one which Gillard
looks set to lose to the Tony Abbott-
It also comes in a week dominated
by a row over the emergence of a menu
prepared for an opposition party fund-
raiser that made offensive comments
about Gillard s body.
Fairfax Radio said initially that Sattler
had been suspended from his position
at Perth-based 6PR pending an internal
inquiry and issued an apology.
Radio host sacked over
Australia PM interview
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