A hum­ble start for this rogue rel­a­tive...

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

GARY Goldsmith’s an­tics are a far cry from the rest of the Mid­dle­ton fam­ily.

A decade younger than his sis­ter Ca­role, Gary was brought up with Kate’s mum by their painter dec­o­ra­tor dad Ron and shop as­sis­tant mum Dorothy.

Count­ing Durham min­ers among their rel­a­tives, they lived in a small house in North Lon­don and went to state schools.

Dad Ron worked into his 70s to pro­vide all he could for his fam­ily.

Ca­role went to work as a flight at­ten­dant for Bri­tish Air­ways, where she met Michael Mid­dle­ton.

Aged 15, Gary was an usher at their 1980 wed­ding. He mar­ried his first wife, sales ex­ec­u­tive Mi­randa Foote, in 1991, when he was work­ing in IT.

He be­came a di­rec­tor of IT re­cruit­ment com­pany Com­puter Fu­tures within six months, sell­ing his shares to make his for­tune.

Goldsmith has one teenage daugh­ter from his sec­ond mar­riage.

Ca­role, 62, and Michael, 68, be­came par­ents to Kate, 35, and her sib­lings, Pippa, 34, and James, 30.

They run a mail or­der party and dec­o­ra­tions sup­ply firm and own Buck­le­bury Manor, West Berks, with in­her­ited wealth adding to their for­tune.

In a 2013 in­ter­view, Goldsmith in­sisted his bond with his fam­ily was strong.

He said: “Peo­ple like to think I’m this black sheep, a bad boy. I’m not re­ally. I’ve had my mo­ments but am I dis­liked by my fam­ily? No, that is sim­ply not true. We have never fallen out.”

SIS­TER Ca­role and Michael

NIECE Pippa Matthews

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