15 Famous Peeps Who Actually Married Their Cousins

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Unlike today, cousin marriages were quite normal in the ancient history. In fact, according to the Rutgers University Professor Robin Fox, about 80% of all marriages in the history of humanity were between cousins. The Bible reveals married cousins such as Isaac and Rebekah, as well as Jacob and Rachel. Indigenous cultures in various lands also viewed cousin marriages as a rational way to preserve wealth, tradition and cultural values within the family. Most people in the royal class believed that marrying their cousins would maintain their strength and power to the next generation.
Although prohibited in many lands today due to the risk of genetic disorders, cousin marriages are still prevalent in some areas, including the Middle East and Africa. There also a number of famous figures such as celebrities and royalties who are known for marrying their cousins. Here’s a list of 15 famous people who didn’t mind marrying a close relative.