According to historians, the Queen may be a descendant to the founder of Islam after tracing her family tree back 43 generations.
The claim makes the British monarch a distant ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad.
The discovery was first published in 1986 by Burke’s Peerage, a British authority on royal pedigrees.
But the claim has since resurfaced after a Moroccan newspaper revealed it had traced the queen’s lineage back to the Prophet.
Elizabeth II’s bloodline runs through the Earl of Cambridge in the 14th century, according to the findings, across medieval Muslim Spain, to Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.
And while it has been disputed among some historians, genealogical records of early medieval Spain also supports the claim and in addition, has been verified by Ali Gomma, the former grand mufti of Egypt.
Burke’s publishing director wrote to the-then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1986 calling for an increased security for the royal family.
“The royal family’s direct descent from the prophet Mohammed cannot be relied upon to protect the royal family forever from Moslem terrorists,” he wrote to Thatcher.
Recognizing the connection, he believed the connection would be a surprise to many, saying:
“It is little known by the British people that the blood of Mohammed flows in the veins of the queen. However, all Moslem religious leaders are proud of this fact.”
The study from Burke’s Peerage first suggested the Queen’s connection to the Prophet Muhammad.
They claimed the Queen descends from a Muslim princess called Zaida who fled her home town of Seville back in the 11th century prior to converting to Christianity.
Zaida was the fourth wife of King Al-Mu’tamid ibn Abbad of Seville. She then gave him a son, Sancho, whose descendant later married the Earl of Cambridge in the 11th century.
But according to British magazine, the Spectator, reveals that Zaida’s orgins are “debatable,” as some historians believe she was the daughter of a wine-drinking caliph descended from the Prophet. While other say she married into his family.
The Queen’s reaction to the reported links to the Prophet have been received with mixed reviews.
Abdelhamid Al-Auouni was elated about the news, including it in his piece in the Moroccan newspaper Al-Ousboue, writing:
“It builds a bridge between our two religions and kingdoms.”