We confess: When we first saw that Queen Latifah was offering advice to Kate Middleton, we thought it was a spoof. The from "one queen to a future royal" angle didn't occur to us. In this weekend's issue of Parade, the 40-year-old singer/actress has some tips for the royal bride-to-be: don't take anything personally and make sure she has a sanctuary -- "because everybody in the world is going to be in your business." Indeed.
There were reports this weekend that Kate Middleton's uncle Gary Goldsmith was back on the straight and narrow -- and up for a wedding invitation. Goldsmith was filmed dabbling in drugs in a tabloid newspaper sting in 2009. The original story requires registration/payment, but a Washington Post piece on the controversy and resulting class discussions in Britain is here. According to The Post, "Undercover reporters from the tabloid News of the World filmed bare-chested, pot-bellied Goldsmith, his underwear on parade above his low-slung jeans, all the while bragging about procuring drugs and hookers." Goldsmith, who hosted his niece and Prince William at his villa in Ibiza in 2006, was also reported to be boasting about his royal connections.
These days, he is said to have sobered up. The Express cites an unnamed "family friend" as saying, "He's also spoken to Kate and things have been put right. If he keeps his nose clean, he can expect an invitation to the wedding, although because he feels very sensitive about any attention he might get, I wouldn't be surprised if he is 'diplomatically unwell' on the day."
In other news, the royal family hasn't announced the name of Peter and Autumn Phillips' new daughter, but baby Savannah was reportedly included among the prayers during the queen's church service Sunday.
| January 3, 2011; 5:11 AM ET
Categories: Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Royal family
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