Trend alert! If you’re a famous person, chances are your mom and/or dad’s brother will at some point gab about your personal life to the media. Take Kate Middleton‘s uncle Gary Goldsmith for example, who shared his vital opinion about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy. “We are delighted for them both, it’s great news,” the British businessman gushed to Celebuzz today. “And funnily enough, I had a feeling she might be a few days ago and said as much, but it was just a hunch of mind.” Of course, Unkey Gary is only the affable gossipy tip of the iceberg. Remember Amanda Bynes‘ uncle Ronald Bynes, who spilled to the press during the actress’s public meltdown that, “The problem is there’s no correspondence [between Amanda and her parents]. I don’t even think they know what’s going on with her”? Or Peter Jessop, uncle to alleged Lindsay Lohan attacker Christian LaBella, who went on record with the New York Daily News to say, “He’s a decent kid who met her at a nightclub and she invited him back to her hotel room with other people. And now she’s using her celebrity to launch a full-scale witch hunt against him just to be relevant again.” We don’t see very many aunts, grandpas or nephews chatting with the press, is all we’re saying.
So what is it about uncles that make them so willing to add their two cents? According to Celebuzz, some people have criticized Gary Goldsmith for attempting to use his relation to Middleton to hype his business ventures. For example, earlier this month he tweeted a photo of a man in a Kate mask, which definitely seems like something an uncle would do. Maybe it’s just that much easier to get an uncle’s phone number or email address for a quote then, say, a parent or a cousin? At least none of Kate’s uncles weighed in on her