The World Wide Web lets us see some remarkable theories. One of them is that Kate Middleton was born a Jew, and therefore remains a Jew.
This story is all over the Web. A Google search reveals a lot of articles.
What is the basis of this theory? It rests on these presuppositions:
1. Jewish status is transferred through the mother (correct).
2. Baptism does not change this legal status in Judaism (false).
3. An illegitimate child of a Jewish mother is a Jew (false).
4. Her children are Jews, irrespective of baptism (false).
So, here’s the deal.
Kate Middleton’s mother was originally Jewish by matrillineal birth. But she married her husband in a church. They were not regular church attendees, but they had Kate baptized. She was also confirmed in private before she married William.
Her parents and her mother’s parents were married in churches.
The theories get really bizarre. There is a theory that Princess Diana’s mother, also born a Jew, but baptized a Christian, had Diana through James Goldsmith, the tycoon. This is highly unlikely. Geography was a major factor. But again, so what? His religious status would have had nothing to do with Diana’s legal status. Her status came through her baptism. In the eyes of Judaism, her sons’ legal status comes through her, and her legal status was Christian.
Judaism has been clear ever since the burning of the temple by the Romans in A.D. 70: baptism nullifies a person’s status as a Jew. It does not matter who his or her mother was. Baptism establishes a legal separation from Judaism. The church has always taught this. Judaism has always taught this.
You can safely ignore the websites that claim that the British crown is now Jewish. There is no Jewish conspiracy going on here.
To find out what an Iranian website thinks, click the link. This report is taken seriously by a website in Chechnya.