Weird History

The British Royal Family May Be Descended From The Mermaid On Your Starbucks Cup

There's a scandal brewing in the world of coffee, and it's not about the Starbucks red cups. This story goes much deeper, all the way back to a mythical fairy serpent who transformed into a dragon. The mysterious woman, called Melusina or Melusine, is also supposedly related to the British royal family, making them among the weirdest royals in history.

It wouldn't be the first scandal for the British monarchy. But who is the water goddess Melusine, ancestor of Jacquetta of Luxembourg? Melusine was the daughter of a Scottish king and a fairy queen, and her own mother cursed her to transform into a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. That didn't stop Melusine from marrying a lord and giving birth to 10 children, including the ancestors of multiple royal families. Through Jacquetta of Luxembourg's descendants, Melusine's fairy blood allegedly flows in the veins of all British monarchs dating back to the 15th century.

And the royal connection is just one part. The famous Starbucks mermaid isn't a mermaid at all - according to Starbucks logo history, it comes from a 16th-century woodcut of a siren. Who is on the Starbucks cup? That's Melusine, the fairy princess who could build a castle in one night and - spoiler - also inspired Ariel from The Little Mermaid.