Actress Hilary Duff '˜related to Robert the Bruce'

Hollywood actress Hilary Duff has discovered she is related to Robert the Bruce.

The former Disney star was stunned to learn she was a direct descendant of the ancient king on the US version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

She even visited the site of his burial at Dunfermline Abbey during a trip to Scotland.

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The 30-year-old singer said: “I’ve gone my whole life never hearing of this man, now I find he’s my 21-times great grandfather and also such a huge important part of history and such a brave man.”

Hilary Duff was shocked to learn she is related to Scotland's most famous king. Picture: Getty Images

Genealogist Nick Barratt, who broke the news to the actress, told her: “If this was the 13th century you would be a princess. I feel I should bow. You’re a royal.”

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Meghan Markle a '˜direct descendant' of Robert the Bruce

It’s not the first time an American actress has been revealed as a direct descendant of Scotland’s most famous king.

A new biography of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, found it was ­possible to trace a direct line through 25 generations to Robert the Bruce.

The link to Bruce, who famously led a Scots army to victory against the English at the battle of Bannockburn, was revealed by royal biographer Andrew Morton  .