The big name in the credits was Gary Goldsmith. Uncle Gary: brother of Carole Middleton, former owner of Ibiza’s Maison de Bang Bang, and family black sheep. If the programme-makers had any scruples about hiring a man whose last media outing was a court appearance for punching his wife to the floor as she got out of a taxi (£5,000 fine, 12-month community order), they were quickly swept away by the thrill of signing up an actual relative.
You could almost hear the exhalations of relief from Bucklebury as Uncle Gary made it to the end of the hour without saying anything embarrassing. Although he did cheerily admit that, after receiving a call from his sister urging him not to discuss the fact that Kate had begun dating Prince William, he put the phone down and immediately bragged to his work colleagues: “I think I’m going to be uncle to the future Queen!”
Luckily, others were more discreet. Gemma Murray spent months embroidering the lace for the veil, keeping the job so secret that she only told her own fiancé on the day itself.
The producers coaxed lovely anecdotes from some of the “ordinary” wedding guests – the Middletons’ local pub landlord and butchers, the royal protection officer who had watched over the princes since they were small, the cake maker whose creation was so big that it required a door to be taken off its hinges at Buckingham Palace.
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