Kate’s Un­cle Gary knocked out his wife with left hook

Trou­bled mil­lion­aire and black sheep of Mid­dle­ton fam­ily faces large fine for at­tack

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THE Duchess of Cam­bridge faced fresh fam­ily em­barass­ment yes­ter­day as her un­cle ad­mit­ted a vi­o­lent at­tack on his wife.

Kate, 35, con­tin­ued with her royal du­ties yes­ter­day, bond­ing with other ex­pec­tant mums and meet­ing dis­ad­van­taged young­sters.

Her tour of the Fam­ily Ac­tion chil­dren’s home came as Gary Gold­smith, 52, her mum’s mil­lion­aire brother, sat shamed in a court­room.

He now faces be­ing hit with a re­strain­ing or­der af­ter knock­ing out wife Julie-Ann with one punch dur­ing the drunken street row.

And a judge will probe claims he has lashed out be­fore.

One royal ob­server said: “I can’t imag­ine that Kate’s not up­set by what hap­pened. She cer­tainly wouldn’t be talk­ing about it openly and wouldn’t let her guard down or dis­play any true feel­ings.”

Eight years ago Gold­smith – said to be worth around £30mil­lion – was caught in a tabloid drugs and hook­ers sting at his Ibiza villa “La Mai­son de Bang Bang”, crude French for ‘the house of sex’.

Af­ter ad­mit­ting a charge of as­sault by beat­ing, Gold­smith now faces ques­tions over whether he poses a dan­ger to his wife.

Mrs Gold­smith, 47, claims the strike that left her un­con­scious was “not a com­plete one-off”, a court heard yes­ter­day.

A judge will look at whether she needs to ban Gold­smith from con­tact­ing his wife in or­der to pro­tect her.

The pair, mar­ried for five years, had been at a char­ity party and were both drunk when they be­gan ar­gu­ing in the back of the taxi home in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 13, West­min­ster mag­is­trates court was told yes­ter­day. Af­ter cab driver Daniel Shep­herd dropped them off, he saw Julie-Ann slap her hus­band in the face and he re­tal­i­ated with a left hook, which knocked her to the floor.

Shep­herd said Julie-Ann was out cold for 15 sec­onds and he went to her aid, telling Gold­smith: “Oi mate, you can’t do that.”

Gold­smith then turned on the driver, the court heard.

Gold­smith was later seen storm­ing in and out of the cou­ple’s £2.5mil­lion Maryle­bone home, in cen­tral Lon­don.

Mrs Gold­smith was taken to hos­pi­tal and was later dis­charged with­out treat­ment but pho­to­graphs of her bruised face were shown to the court yes­ter­day.

In his po­lice in­ter­view, Gold­smith said he felt “threat­ened” when his wife slapped him and had pushed her, but de­nied hit­ting her with a closed fist.

He ad­mit­ted there was no ex­cuse for his vi­o­lent out­burst. One of­fi­cer who quizzed him said Gold­smith was “apolo­getic and hum­bled”, the court heard.

Gold­smith heard he will not go to jail but is look­ing at a com­mu­nity or­der or large fine. equip­ment for the oil and gas in­dus­try and the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor, di­rectly em­ploy some 600 peo­ple at yards in Burn­tis­land and Methil in Fife and Ar­nish on Lewis.

But Brown said when con­trac­tors and sub­con­trac­tors were in­cluded, 1400 jobs were linked to the firm’s sur­vival.

He added: “We are very in­ter­ested and want to do what we can to help to try to achieve a so­lu­tion.”

Brown said dis­cus­sions were go­ing on­go­ing be­tween the firm, the unions, Scot­tish Enterprise and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, and min­is­ters are “fully ex­plor­ing all op­tions avail­able to save the com­pany and the jobs which de­pend on it”.

SHAMED Gold­smith, 52, has been mar­ried to Julie-Ann, 47, for five years

DU­TIES Duchess of Cam­bridge

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