Kate Middleton's Uncle Explains His "Hilarious" Gift for the Royal Baby
In a new interview with U.K.'s The Sun newspaper, Gary Goldsmith says he has a "hilarious" gift idea for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's firstborn -- one that involves his love for the London soccer team, the Chelsea Football Club.
"I’m going to get exactly what I get for all my mates’ babies," he told the paper. "As a die-hard Chelsea fan, I always get the baby Chelsea shares. Then, when it’s a bit older, I get it a full tiny Chelsea strip."
"It’s brilliant, it drives the parents mad," Goldsmith, 48, continued. "I love turning their kid into a true blue Chelsea fan. And Prince William is an Aston Villa fan. I thought it could be hilarious."
In Goldsmith's opinion, (who's reportedly known as "Uncle G" or "King of Fun" to 31-year-old Kate, her sister Pippa and brother James) it's the one gift that will be memorable for the royal parents-to-be.
"I mean, what on Earth can you get for a baby like theirs?" he said. "That baby is going to have everything it could ever want. So Chelsea shares are perfect. I think William will find it funny."
Goldsmith, younger brother to Kate's mom, also plans to be at the baby's christening, as he was also one of the 1,900 attendees at his niece's royal nuptials in April 2011.
"We have always been a very close family," he told the paper. "I am so looking forward to the arrival of Kate’s first baby. We all are. I would hope to be at the christening, but I’m sure I won’t be a godfather!"
Recalling when his sister, Carole, brought home baby Kate in 198 -- "she was a tiny little thing, really delicate," he said -- Goldsmith talked candidly about knowing the Duchess of Cambridge pre-William days.
"I’ve always been Uncle G to the kids," he said. "I’m the one who’s always played games, made them laugh."
Of the wedding that was watched by two billion people in the world, Goldsmith added that he had nothing but pride for his niece, his only wish being that his mother and father -- Kate's late grandparents -- could have been there to witness it.
"I was so proud at the wedding. I watched Kate walk up the aisle and I was remembering her as that tiny baby in my arms," he said. "There was ‘little Kate’ on her way to wed Prince William. It was quite surreal."
He continued, "To [my] mum, Kate’s relationship with William was like all her Christmases had come at once. We are from such humble stock and then here is her granddaughter dating Prince William. When I was stood in the Abbey I was thinking, 'Oh God, Mum would have loved this.' Both my parents would have."
Sadly, Kate's maternal grandmother, Dorothy, died of cancer in 2006 and her grandfather, Ron, died in 2003 from Motor Neurone Disease.
But Goldsmith takes great comfort in watching the love that Kate and Will, 30, share.
"I think Kate and William, like my mum and dad, love each other to bits and are so happy in each other’s company," he told the paper.
"They are so happy and so in love. She literally beams when she is with him," he added.