Wednesday 17 January 2018

I'll help raise Kate and William's baby, says uncle with drug past

Gordon Rayner

Kate Middleton's uncle, Gary Goldsmith, has become the first member of her family to cash in on their relationship with her by granting an exclusive interview to 'Hello!' magazine.

Mr Goldsmith, who was filmed taking cocaine and boasting that he could arrange "deliveries" of the drug in a tabloid sting operation four years ago, said he would "of course" play a role in the upbringing of the royal couple's baby, the future British monarch, when he or she is born in the summer.

He also claimed credit for helping his niece Kate reunite with Prince William after their temporary break-up in 2007, saying she stayed at his villa on Ibiza called La Maison de Bang Bang where she spent "a huge amount of time on the phone, walking around the pool".

Mr Goldsmith's decision to speak to 'Hello!' will be a further embarrassment to the Middletons and the royal family, who forgave his previous indiscretions to allow him to attend the royal wedding in 2011.

'Hello!' said it never discusses its financial arrangements with interview subjects, but the magazine has paid more than £1m (€1.6m) for some previous exclusives, such as access to celebrity weddings.

Asked whether he was paid for the interview, and, if so, how much, a spokesman for Mr Goldsmith said: "We would never reveal anything like that with any client."

Sources close to Mr Goldsmith said he had been keen to "set the record straight" about his drug-taking, but the majority of the interview is given over to his relationship with the Duchess of Cambridge.

On the subject of her baby, which is due in July, he says: "Would I play a part in the future monarch's upbringing? Of course I would. And it's another young baby growing up to play with, which I'd love to be a part of." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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