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Every bride has one: A "black sheep" in the family who is capable of ruining one of the most special days in her life. Will Uncle Joe make an inappropriate toast? Will Grandma Ida get drunk and start shimmying on the dance floor with the groomsmen?
It's a dilemma shared by none other than princess-in-waiting Kate Middleton, whose uncle, Gary Goldsmith, apparently isn't the most upstanding member of the Middleton clan.
Goldsmith, 45, who is Kate's mother Carole's brother, in 2009 was caught cutting up a substance that looked like cocaine and sharing pills that he admitted were the hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy.
Even with a guest list of 5,000, one flaky uncle could seriously put an embarrassing twist on Kate's day. Talk about a royal pain.
Consider this story relayed by a friend that seems straight out of Rachel Getting Married: A bride wanted her younger sister to be part of her big day, despite the fact that she had been a drug addict who was arrested several times. Things seemed to be going smoothly at first, until it was time for the sister to stand up and make a speech in front of all the guests at the reception. She got halfway through the toast but then "lost it" and couldn't go on. "It was excruciating," my friend recalls. "You could feel everyone cringing and feeling bad for my friend."
As for the Middleton family, wedding planners didn't know what to do about Uncle Gary, but came up with a plan to invite him to the wedding, but not the reception afterward.
Seems like a good compromise, but we have to wonder: How did this guy get invited and not Ellen?