Kate Middleton is Related to a King, Ellen DeGeneres, and Uncle Gary

The following excerpt is from an interesting article in the April 25, 2011 edition of The Star.


Much has been made of Kate Middleton’s pedigree: the coal in her veins, the Ellen DeGeneres connection, the tattooed uncle.

Any woman who marries a royal will have her family tree scoured for signs of weakness, intrigue and significance. As soon as Middleton emerged as a serious girlfriend, U.S. genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner began digging through the documents.

Reitwiesner, who has published genealogies on U.S. political figures, royals and noted Europeans, amassed thousands of British records and plotted out the family lines with a colleague, but died a few weeks before the engagement was announced.

Along with discovering — no surprises here — a working middle class background, Reitwiesner found that Ellen DeGeneres and Middleton, along with Prince William himself, share a common ancestral couple: Sir Thomas Fairfax and Agnes Gascoigne. That makes them all 14th cousins.

“You will have millions of 14th cousins,” said Christopher Child, a genealogist with New England Historic Genealogical Society, who edited Reitwiesner’s account.

Read the full article.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

1 thought on “Kate Middleton is Related to a King, Ellen DeGeneres, and Uncle Gary”

  1. My late husband: David Lester Middleton; b. 1930 d. 2006;
    his Father: Thomas M. Middleton Philadelphia, PA b.1904 d. 1981;
    Grand Father: Thomas Francis Middleton, of Bethnal Green, London, Middlesex, England. b.1865 d. 1957 Virginia, USA; He had a sister, Charlotte
    Great-Grandfather: Thomas Middleton,(Metro)Hoxton b. 1843 d. 1864;
    Great-Grandmother: Charlotte Maria Prizeman, b. 1842-43 d. ?
    Great-Great Grandfather: Thomas Middleton (Publican)b. c. 1810-20
    his Great-Great Grandmother: Ann Eliza Price
    London England Families lived in three villages:
    Bethnal Green, Hoxton, and Shoreditch, from 1870 through 1810.

    The day of the Royal Wedding I noticed Kate’s Father, Michael Middleton’s dark complexion, my husband had a dark complexion (his Mother was ashen white.)
    Items published about Philippa(Pippa)her middle name is Charlotte.
    Wondering if there could be the possibility of family connections.

    Joan M. Middleton
    Warrington, Pennsylvania
    Mid4Mid@Verizon.Net

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