The UK's Office for National Statistics has revealed that in 2011, 24% of babies born in the UK had a foreign-born father. Over a third of babies had one parent born overseas. The most common birth countries of foreign-born fathers are Pakistan, Poland and then India and Bangladesh. In 2010, 23% of fathers were born overseas.
131,100 children born in the UK in 2011 had two foreign born parents and a further 86,000 had one foreign born parent.
Dr David Green of the liberal think tank Civitas told The Daily Telegraph of his concerns that this might cause problems of integration in coming years and said that it might cause problems for teaching in schools where large numbers of children do not speak English at home.
Meanwhile, UK newspaper The Daily Mail has reported that DNA analysis has shown that the Duke of Cambridge who is second in line to the UK's throne, will be the first UK monarch with Indian blood. It reports that Prince William's great, great, great, great, great grandmother, Eliza Kewark was at least half Indian.
Prince William's ancestor was IndianEliza was originally the housekeeper to Theodore Forbes but they married and had three children. Theodore later abandoned Eliza in India and took their children back to Scotland to his family's estate. One of these, Kitty or Catherine, was an ancestor of Prince William's mother, Diana Spencer, who married William's father, Prince Charles.
Analysis of the DNA of some of Kitty's other descendants' shows that their DNA contains a mutation only found in people of Indian descent. This DNA will therefore also be in Prince William's genetic makeup.
Perhaps it is appropriate that, at a time when statistics show that the UK's population contains a growing number of people of Indian descent, after Prince William ascends the throne, the monarch will have something in common with them. .
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