US actor Bob Odenkirk shocked to find out he's related to Britain's King Charles

Bob Odenkirk is the 11th cousin of King Charles.

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Bob Odenkirk has a huge royal as a distant relative
Bob Odenkirk has a huge royal as a distant relative

Bob Odenkirk admitted he was shocked to discover he is related to Britain's King Charles.

The 61-year-old American actor is the latest celebrity to appear on PBS' 'Finding Your Roots' on Tuesday (30.01.24), and he is flabbergasted when he is told he and the 75-year-old monarch are 11th cousins.

The 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul' star's fifth great-grandfather Friedrich Carl Steinholz was born out of wedlock to Maria Catharina and the Duke of Plon.

Odenkirk reacts: “I’m an American, I’m not a monarchist.

“You know, I feel like it’s a little twisted. I understand why society built itself around monarchs and leaders, and they passed them down through generations.

“I understand that goes through every society, every civilisation. But I think that we’ve gotten to a better place with democracy and we should keep going down that road.”

The episode is airing as the king recovers from treatment for a benign enlarged prostate.

The 75-year-old monarch had an operation at The London Clinic last Friday (26.01.24) and left the hospital on Monday (29.01.24) afternoon after a three-day stay.

It's expected he won't carry out any public engagements for the next month or so.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The King was this afternoon discharged from hospital following planned medical treatment and has rescheduled forthcoming public engagements to allow for a period of private recuperation.

“He would like to thank the medical team and all those involved in supporting his hospital visit, and is grateful for all the kind messages he has received in recent days.”

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