James Middleton reveals how he copes with being brother of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge
Kate’s brother discussed his sister, who married Prince William in 2011, being a royal in a new interview. James told The Telegraph: ”I’ve always said, ‘I’m James Middleton and my sister happens to be…’ rather than ‘I’m the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother’.
“And I will always stand by that. It’s not said in disrespect to them at all, because I am one of their greatest supporters.”
James was 13 when the Middletons were thrown under the royal spotlight when Kate started dating Prince William at the University of St Andrews.
In the interview, the 32-year-old, who has recently become engaged to his girlfriend Alizee Thevenet, also spoke about his battle with depression.
He said: “I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t read a book, I couldn’t watch a film, I couldn’t eat. If I ate something it just sat there.”
James added that suicide crossed his mind before he started cognitive behavioural therapy.
He revealed his family, including the Duchess of Cambridge, attended some of his therapy sessions with him.
Kate and William spearhead the Heads Together campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to end the stigma around mental health.
In the interview, James described living with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD) as feeling “like a square peg trying to fit into society’s round hole”.
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Kate’s brother, who has five pooches, is also in a better place thanks to his “emotional support dog” Ella.
He now works as an ambassador for the Pets As Therapy charity to raise awareness of how animals can help mental health.
James met his fiancée after cocker spaniel Ella approached the 29-year-old French financial expert in the South Kensington Club where they were having separate meetings.
And he recently proposed to Alizee in the Lake District.
The entrepreneur said he is “pinching” himself “to feel how lucky I am”.
James added: “The way I was a couple of years ago was about as far the other end of the scale as it could be.”
He confirmed the engagement in an Instagram post earlier this month.
James shared a snap with Alizee showing her sparkling sapphire engagement ring.
He captioned the picture: “She said OUI. Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news #jalizee.”
In May, James stepped out with Alizee to attend Lady Gabriella Windsor’s royal wedding.
If you require support regarding mental health call the Samaritans on 116 123.
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