Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith 'punched wife during drunken row'

Gary Goldsmith and Kate Middleton

Gary Goldsmith and Kate Middleton

The taxi driver, Daniel Shepherd, told police that he saw Julie-Ann, 47, slap her husband in the face before Goldsmith delivered a "left hook" to knock her down to the pavement.

Gary Goldsmith, 52, admitted using a closed fist to hit Julie-Ann Goldsmith, who fell to the ground and was left semi-conscious outside their central London home in the early hours of Oct 13.

Prosecutors are seeking a restraining order to ban Mr Goldsmith from contacting his wife, suggesting their marriage is over. She said: "An argument took place during the taxi ride, Goldsmith began to shout at her and both parties were drunk, having been drinking throughout the evening". He then describes how Mr Goldsmith punches her hard in the face using a left hook'.

Goldsmith pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating.

The British Broadcasting Corporation revealed that the couple argued in the back of a taxi ending with Gary punching her in the side of her face. During this time, the uncle of Kate Middleton seemed "panicked" and was " back-and-forth in the house trying to make it fit ".


The incident occurred in the month of October last, as he returned from a charity event which he attended with his wife, Julie-Ann.

Mrs Goldsmith asked Mr Shepherd to call the police, the court heard. Challenged by the taxi driver on his access to violence against his fourth wife, he would then be shown aggressive towards her. They had spent the evening at the Home House private members' club in Portman Square, Marylebone.

Mrs Goldsmith remained on the floor with eyes closed for about 15 seconds before she woke and staggered to her feet and crying, the court heard.

Chief magistrate Arbuthnot said she would adjourn sentencing for Goldsmith to be interviewed by probation officers.

Goldsmith, who appeared in court wearing a blue three-piece suit with a bronze-coloured tie and a patterned handkerchief in his breast pocket, admitted one charge of assault by beating today. But I am really looking at how to protect this lady from this man'. Their mother worked in a shop and also did accounts, while their father was a painter and decorator.

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