Which member of Ant & Dec discovers they're related to royalty on ITV family history show?

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Ant and Dec will explore their family history in DNA Journey (ITV)

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are to discover one of them is related to royalty in an ITV family history show.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey sees the I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! stars explore their ancestry with the help of genealogists and historians.

One member of the Geordie duo discovers their cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter and one learns they are descended from royalty.

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Ant and Dec have grown up together on TV after meeting on BBC kids' show Byker Grove in 1989 (PA)

McPartlin, 43, said: “I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to historical events, so to get the chance to research our family history using our DNA was too good an opportunity to pass up. What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us both forever. "

The two-part show sees the Britain’s Got Talent hosts travel to Ireland and the US, including the United Nations Headquarters, where one learns that their great-grandfather is a celebrated war hero and one discovers that their ancestors’ bones are deemed “of historical importance”.

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Donnelly, 44, said: “A huge part of this was to find out my heritage, especially on my dad’s side. I always thought I knew a fair bit about where I came from but it turns out I was wrong! Whilst it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had. It was a truly amazing experience."

Actor Danny Dyer is descended from royalty (Credit: AP)

In 2016 EastEnders star Danny Dyer found out he was related to Thomas Cromwell, Edward III, William the Conqueror and Henry III during filming for the BBC's genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?

McPartlin returned to TV this year after taking a break following a conviction for drink-driving in 2018.

Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey is coming to ITV soon, with a date to air still to be announced.