Duchess in tur­moil af­ter her mum’s brother ad­mits drunken street at­tack


KATE Mid­dle­ton faced fam­ily em­bar­rass­ment yes­ter­day as her un­cle ap­peared in court for a street at­tack on his wife.

Gary Gold­smith, 52, ad­mit­ted knock­ing out Julie-Ann dur­ing a boozy row and could now be banned from be­ing near her.

One royal ob­server said: “Kate will be up­set by this.”

AS Kate Mid­dle­ton brought a smile to the faces of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren on a royal visit yes­ter­day, her un­cle was just a few miles way bring­ing shame on their fam­ily.

Mil­lion­aire Gary Gold­smith ap­peared in court where he ad­mit­ted knock­ing out wife Julie-Ann in a boozy street row.

The 52-year-old, once caught up in a drugs and hook­ers scan­dal, es­caped jail for the at­tack but a judge could ban him from see­ing her af­ter she claimed the at­tack was not a one-off. He was bailed with the con­di­tion that he does not go near his wife or their home.

Preg­nant Kate, 35, showed no sign of the tur­moil her un­cle’s vi­o­lent be­hav­iour has no doubt caused as she toured the Fam­ily Ac­tion chil­dren’s home in Is­ling­ton, North London.

But one royal ob­server said: “I can’t imag­ine she’s not up­set by what hap­pened, by what he’s done.

“But she cer­tainly wouldn’t be talk­ing about it openly and wouldn’t let her guard down or dis­play any true feel­ings. She has gone out today, this didn’t stop her do­ing what she has to do.”

Four-times mar­ried Gold­smith, said to be worth £30mil­lion, ap­peared at West­min­ster mag­is­trates charged with as­sault by beat­ing.

He had been to a char­ity party with Julie-Ann, 47, in London when the pair started to ar­gue in the back of a taxi.

Af­ter cab­bie Daniel Shep­herd dropped them off at their Maryle­bone home he saw Julie-Ann slap her husband in the face. Gold­smith, who is Kate’s mum’s brother, then landed a left hook on his wife of five years, which floored her. Pros­e­cu­tor Kate Shilton said: “She re­mains on the floor with her eyes closed for 15 sec­onds. She asks Mr Shep­herd to call the po­lice.

“Mr Gold­smith then turns his ag­gres­sion to­wards him. Mr Shep­herd says, ‘What, are you go­ing start on me now?’ Po­lice ar­rived shortly after­wards.” Julie-Ann was taken to hos­pi­tal but dis­charged with­out treat­ment. But the court was shown pic­tures of her bruised face. Chief mag­is­trate Emma Ar­buth­not said: “I have read [Julie-Ann’s] state­ment. There are pre­vi­ous al­le­ga­tions she is mak­ing. Ac­cord­ing to her it is not a com­plete one-off. I need to know more. I am ex­clud­ing cus­tody, I am look­ing at a com­mu­nity order but I am look­ing at how to pro­tect this lady from this man so it doesn’t hap­pen again.” Gold­smith will be sen­tenced next Tues­day. He re­fused to com­ment as he left the court af­ter an hour-long in­ter­view with the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice. Julie-Ann also had noth­ing to say when ap­proached out­side their home. Eight years ago, Gold­smith brought shame on the fam­ily when he was caught with drugs and pros­ti­tutes at his Ibiza villa.

FAM­ILY Kate and yob Gary

AT COURT Four-times wed Gary Gold­smith BE­FORE AT­TACK With Julie-Ann on the night he as­saulted her CA­ROLE FAM­ILY PHOTO Kate, her mum, brother & sis­ter at Gary’s first wed­ding VIC­TIM Julie-Ann yes­ter­day UN­CLE GARY

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