Royal Red Carpet is Path to White House

ByABC News
October 25, 2000, 1:40 PM

L O N D O N, Oct. 25 -- When it comes to picking the winner in the American presidential race, Britains leading chroniclers of royal ancestors say theyve never been wrong not once in almost 200 years.

Based on facts gleaned from the old scrolls and dusty archives of Burkes Peerage researchers of royal bloodlines since 1826 the Brits wager it will be Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

The presidential candidate with the most royal genes and chromosomes has, up to now, always won the White House, say the researchers at Burkes Peerage.

They say Bushs blue blood runs thicker than Vice President Al Gores. In fact it trumps the royal ties of every other president to date, including his fathers. It seems George W. has inherited his mothers deep blue blood-line.

His Royal Highness, King Dubya

Burkes publishing director, Harold Brooks-Baker says Bushs royal connections are startling.

[Bush] is closely related to every European Monarch both on and off the throne, says Brooks-Baker.

Some of the governors royal kin include Britains Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Dutchess Sarah Fergy Ferguson and even the late Princess Diana.

His most prominent ancestor may be Englands King Charles II, who shared the governors vision of a strong military.

Going back nearly 1000 years, Brooks-Baker points out both the Bush and Pierce families [Barbara Bushs maiden name is Pierce] were high society.

Not one member of his family was working class, middle class, or even middle, middle class, he notes.

Als Family Hardly Peasants

Gores family members werent exactly peasants. The vice presidents family tree includes Charlemagne and three Holy Roman emperors.

And a good fight wouldnt frighten the vice presidents most famous ancestor, Englands Edward I best known today as the king who defeated, then executed Braveheart.