Star Wars: Jedi Prince Reveals Palpatine Had a Grandchild Before Rey

Rey's (Daisy Ridley) parentage may have always been a controversial topic among Star Wars fans, however, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker surprised everyone when it retconned the origin laid out by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Turns out, Rey wasn't the daughter of nobodies. No, she was the descendant of Palpatine, the daughter of the Emperor's failed clone.

Interestingly enough, it seems like Palpatine had another grandchild before Rey. According to a report by Comic Book Resources, Star Wars once introduced the descendant of Palpatine in a Star Wars children's book series released in the '90s (via CBR).

Unofficially called "Jedi Prince," the book series is comprised of six children's novels written by Paul and Hollace Davids, illustrated by Karl Kessel, and with covers done by Drew Struzan.

While "Jedi Prince" had ties to Star Wars Legends, the book gave fans a look at what Palpatine's family would have been like. In the book series, fans get to meet Ken, a young boy who decides to team up with the Rebel Alliance to fight the remainder of the Empire after the events of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.

Later on, "Jedi Prince" reveals that Ken was actually the grandson of Palpatine, a child born to the "Jedi Princess" Kendalina and an unknown father. Though Ken was taken away from his mother after she was murdered by stormtroopers, the child managed to survive after Jedi Masters saved him and raised him in the lost city of Yavin-IV.

There, Ken grows up on the stories of the Rebel Alliance. Later on in the series, after giving himself to the cause, Ken realizes that his father had been Palpatine's son. Like Rey, Ken is shocked – so much so that he thinks of abandoning the Rebellion. Luckily, Luke is there to turn things around and lift the child's spirit.

Of course, some fans would argue that Ken doesn't really exist in canon. However, it's interesting to note that Palpatine did have a grandson even before Episode IX, and like Rey, that grandson preferred fighting for the Light Side.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Disney+.

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