Rift leaves Kate's family out in cold
She famously hails from working-class stock, with builders and Durham miners among her ancestors.
But the "rough and tumble" side of Kate Middleton's family will almost certainly be absent from her wedding to Prince William next year.
A long-standing family feud means several relatives of Miss Middleton's mother, Carole, are unlikely to receive invitations. One relative, who asked not to be named, said there was "no chance" of several of Mrs Middleton's side of the family being invited. "We're the rough and tumble side," the relative said. "We're the workers, the working class. None of us are ashamed , it's just the way things are.
"We know we won't be invited to the wedding, but it's not Carole's fault. Her parents fell out with the rest of the family when she was young."
Mrs Middleton has had little contact with her father's family since she married her husband, Michael, in 1980.
The rift dates back to 1978, when Mrs Middleton's father, Ron Goldsmith, a builder, fell out with his oldest sister, Alice Tomlinson.
Mrs Tomlinson's husband, Bill, tried to visit the builder but Mr Goldsmith's wife, Dorothy, would not let him into their home in Norwood Green, west London, saying they were too busy. Mr Tomlinson died two weeks later, and his widow banned the Goldsmiths from his funeral because she felt they had snubbed him.
Mrs Tomlinson, who is Kate Middleton's oldest surviving relative, is the only one of Mr Goldsmith's five siblings who is still alive. She will be 100 in May and will receive a telegram from Queen Elizabeth within weeks of the likely date of the wedding. Ironically, she does not expect to hear from her great-niece, the future queen, whom she has not met.
"Alice will watch the wedding on television, I am sure," said one relative. "She thinks of how humble Ron was and is thrilled to think that someone who had absolutely nothing has a granddaughter who will be queen one day." (© Daily Telegraph, London)