Kate Middleton’s uncle Gary Goldsmith is hardly a stranger to controversy, frequently attracting the attention of paparazzi, and even being caught on camera providing an undercover reporter with drugs in 2009. Despite weathering his own tabloid sting, the 52-year-old has slammed Harry and Meghan this week for airing the royal family’s dirty laundry publicly and bluntly described them as “muppets”.
Kate’s uncle revealed his thoughts in an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort on Sunday night, saying he believed the UK was “massively disappointed” with their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Steinfort asked Goldsmith about a recent social media post in which he described the Sussexes as “muppets”. The post, which can be seen in the video, states, “With so much important stuff going on in the world, these two muppets are craving attention! Please shut the F up and bring up their child and stop talking, let alone demanding!!”
Goldsmith replied, “I’m just very disappointed with them. I think there’s a whole nation that’s massively disappointed [as] we all love Harry. The world loves Harry. But you know what? You just don’t do what they did and then go on Oprah and talk like that. It’s just not the way the world works.”
Goldsmith, who is the younger brother of Kate’s mother Carole Middleton, spoke candidly about the Sussexes in the interview and said the allegations during the explosive Oprah interview didn’t line up with his “peace-making” niece Kate.
In Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview in March, Meghan detailed an incident that took place just before her wedding to Harry where Kate allegedly made her cry over flower girl dresses. Goldsmith addressed the shocking allegations with nothing but praise for his niece, saying it was just one of many things he didn’t believe in the interview.
“Did not believe a word of it, if I’m brutally honest,” he said. “That is not the Kate I’ve ever known … Kate would always be the peacemaker in those situations. I think we saw at the funeral that she was trying to make peace, and she always does. There were lots of things in that interview that I didn’t believe and that was one of them.”
Goldsmith said he believes the controversy and constant public appearances of Meghan had made Kate more favourable, and it’s not just family bias, with royal commentator Katie Nicholls telling 60 Minutes that Kate and William had become more “real and relatable”.
“The public got to see more of the true Duchess [during the Covid-19 pandemic] than they’d ever been able to see before,” Nicholls said. “We got access to them in a way that we absolutely haven’t before, and I think a lot of that was down to William and Kate recognising that they couldn’t be seen to be in their ivory tower, they needed to be accessible.”
Since officially stepping down from royal duties last year, Prince Harry has spoken out about royal life several times, and taken more than a few digs at family members, most recently his father Prince Charles and grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip — a move that has reportedly left his grandmother “deeply upset”.
A royal source told the Mail on Sunday that the Queen has taken Harry’s latest comments personally. “The Queen is deeply upset by what Harry has said, in particular his comments about Charles’ parenting and suggestions that his father knows no better because of how he was brought up,” the royal source said. “It has been a very upsetting time.”