Colin Powell is related to the British royal family and many other European royal houses as well as several former U.S. presidents, including George Bush, Burke’s Peerage reported Sunday.
In Washington, Powell spokesman Bill Smullen said he “wouldn’t put much stock” in the reports.
The retired four-star general, son of Jamaican immigrants, is descended from six generations of Jamaicans.
In “My American Journey,” his autobiography released in September, Powell wrote about an aunt and uncle named Coote.
According to the research, Powell is a direct descendant of the Coote family of Irish military baronets. While lieutenant governor of Jamaica, General Sir Eyre Coote (1762-1823) had a child by one of his slaves.