In an recent episode of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., comedians Bob Odenkirk and Iliza Shlesinger took the spotlight.
Odenkirk, known for his roles in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, made a surprising discovery about his family history. First, he learned that he has French roots traced back to François Xavier Fricker, a French carpenter from the 1800s.
This revelation left Odenkirk amazed.
"I'm part-French? Never heard anything about that!"
But the journey didn't stop there. Gates delved into Odenkirk's family on his dad's side, finding a connection to Friedrich Carl Steinholz, a German ancestor with ties to royalty.
Odenkirk reflected on this revelation, expressing gratitude for his American identity and a strong anti-monarchy point of view.
In a final twist, Gates revealed Odenkirk's unexpected link as the 11th cousin to King Charles III through the Duke of Plön.
Odenkirk's laughter at this royal connection added a fun element to the show.
“That is crazy!”
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People laughed, but if you squint, isn't there a little resemblance?
Many commenters focused on the obvious next question: where does this put Bob Odenkirk in the line of succession for the English throne?
Some English commenters were clearly in favor of a change out.
As many commenters pointed out, 11th cousin is a functionally meaningless level of relation.
Someone commented, tongue-in-cheek, about Odenkirk's privileged lineage.
And, finally, the perfect name was found.
Finding Your Roots has the whole episode if you want to check it out!