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TALK OF THE TOWN: Middletons snub uncle Gary Goldsmith over lavish wedding

It was a big family bash, but one high-profile member of the clan missed out on James Middleton’s lavish wedding to Alizee Thevenet in the South of France last weekend.

James’s maverick uncle Gary Goldsmith, 56, was notable by his absence from a guest list that included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Wealthy businessman Gary is the only brother of James and Kate’s mother, Carole, and seemed to have been caught unawares by the snub since he was holidaying in the region at the time, it is said.

Gary Goldsmith, 56, was notable by his absence from a guest list that included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the wedding of his nephew James Middleton to Alizee Thevenet in the South of France last weekend

James Middleton, right, married Alizee Thevenet, left, in a plush ceremony on the South of France last weekend

Gary is the only brother of James' mother Carole Middleton, pictured with her husband Michael, right

Gary, who is James’s godfather, admits to being ‘disappointed’ to have missed the twice-delayed celebrations at Chateau Leoube, owned by JCB digger tycoon Lord Bamford.

Sources close to the wedding tell me it was ‘wild, fun and very drunken’… just like Gary’s kind of do.

Is India driving him wild

It took 26 years for Prince Charles’s goddaughter India Hicks to tie the knot... but she’s already joking about getting a divorce.

As India set off on a Greek honeymoon, she posted a picture of herself perched on the classic Jaguar E-type owned by long-term partner David Flint Wood. ‘Married life is going well,’ said India, 54, granddaughter of Charles’s mentor Earl Mountbatten.

‘He has never let me sit on the bonnet before.’ 

But alongside a second photograph she added a caption of former ad executive David, 60, saying: ‘You left a dent in the bonnet,’ followed by ‘Divorce already?’ 

Surely not!

India Hicks, right, pictured with her new husband David Flint Wood, was allowed to sit on the bonnet of his E-Type jag, after tying the knot following a 26-year romance

He's famous in many fields but is Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson, 71, now trying to break in to the agony aunt market? 

He says: ‘If you’ve fallen out with somebody – ex-boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-husband or wife – give them a ring, go out to lunch… and befriend them. If you actually slept with the person once, there must have been something pretty special there, so go seek it again.’

Wonder what his wife of 32 years, Joan Templeman, makes of that!

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