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Princess Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith says his niece is 'simply perfect' as he makes grand entrance to Celebrity Big Brother

Gary is the younger brother of Kate’s mother Carole Middleton

Gary Goldsmith and Kate Middleton
Faye James
Senior Editor
March 4, 2024
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Gary Goldsmith, better known as the Princess of Wales's uncle, has recently made a splash by joining the cast of Celebrity Big Brother on Monday night. 

Notorious for his unexpected behaviour, Gary has already caught the attention of viewers by making unusual bird noises on the show. 

He explains his participation as a chance to "put the record straight" for those who have pegged him as a "bad boy."

During a conversation on the show, when asked by AJ if the Princess of Wales would be watching, Gary humorously remarked, “if she is, it’ll be from behind a sofa.” 

He also described his niece as “simply perfect” and when he first met Prince William he said: "Hi, can I offer you a cup of tea."

Gary Goldsmith enters the Celebrity Big Brother household

Gary also laid out his approach to interacting with his housemates, stating, "I'll take everyone face value but if they are a bit mean or a bit rude, I'll be the enforcer." 

“We all like to be liked; this is a great opportunity to show anyone who cares the ‘real me’, the fun, caring and devilish ‘me’, not the villain I’m often portrayed in the press,” the 58-year-old said.

“Also, as I fast approach 60, I want to say ‘yes’ to most things put in front of me.”

His Big Brother appearance comes after a public court case in 2017, which saw Goldsmith fined and given a community order after admitting he assaulted his wife in a drunken argument in which she accused him of taking drugs.

Gary, who compared his personality to a “toddler on sugar”, said that he will need a lot of entertaining during his time on the show.

“I don’t scare easily, and I love a challenge, but this is so far out of my comfort zone I am nervous about the unknown, and if I’m honest, I’m nervous about myself,” he said.

“I don’t take instruction or being controlled very well.”

Gary said he would find it difficult to live with “rude, insensitive or mean people”, singling out former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Katie Hopkins as someone who would be a “challenge”.

He said he had packed a “sense of humour” and an “extra bag of patience and ear plugs”.

Goldsmith added that he is going to be “the best version of me” on the show.

That said, housemate Sharon Osbourne isn't too confident he'll be around for long as one of the three up for eviction, she feels he'll be the first to go. "Gary I think, is very nervous and I don't think he is comfortable yet," she remarked. 

This 58-year-old businessman, who is the younger brother of Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, brings a unique dynamic to the reality show. 

Gary Goldsmith in a suit as he attends the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in May 2017
Princess Kate and Pippa were bridesmaids at their uncle Gary Goldsmith's wedding. (Pictured above at Pippa's 2017 wedding)

Gary, a familiar face at key family events like the royal wedding in 2011 and Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017, owns a recruitment business.

His appearance on Celebrity Big Brother coincides with Kate Middleton’s recent public sighting in Windsor, following her major abdominal surgery last month. 

Gary Goldsmith © Ben Cawthra/Shutterstock
Gary Goldsmith

Captured by TMZ before 9 AM, the photos show Kate, incognito in a black coat and sunglasses, in a car driven by her mother, Carole. 

This outing marks Kate's first public appearance since the surgery announcement in January and her last public appearance on Christmas Day. Kensington Palace had announced on January 17 that Kate, aged 42, was "unlikely to return to public duties after Easter."

Gary Goldsmith and Julie-Ann Brown attend the UK Premiere of 'The Frozen Ground' © Getty
Gary Goldsmith and Julie-Ann Brown attend the UK Premiere of 'The Frozen Ground'

Kensington Palace has recently addressed social media speculation about Kate's health and public engagements. 

A spokesperson for Kate emphasised, "We were very clear from the outset that the Princess of Wales was out until after Easter and Kensington Palace would only be providing updates when something was significant." 

This statement came alongside another that expressed Kate’s apologies for postponing her engagements, indicating her eagerness to reschedule them as soon as possible. 

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