James Middleton has quickly become a royal-adjacent favourite, especially for his Instagram presence and adorable collection of dogs!
He recently opened up about what life has been like since his sister, Duchess Kate, joined the Royal Family in 2011. He said he focuses on making his life much different than his sister and brother-in-law.
“I lead a separate life to them,” he told British publication Tatler. “If there’s interest in me, great. If there’s interest in me because of them, that’s different.”
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In the interview, @jmidy opens up about the ‘crippling’ depression he experienced last year. ‘It’s what keeps you in bed, while anxiety makes you feel guilty for being there. I thought ‘What do I have to be depressed about?’ I’ve been so lucky with my upbringing, I had all the things I wanted. It’s not that I wanted more, but there was something that wasn’t always there... And the more I ignored it, the more it was taking over.’ Full interview in the August issue, on sale 27 June - link in bio for an abridged version of the article.
A spotlight was shined on Kate’s family after she exchanged vows to Prince William, and James said the pressure to be successful definitely grew.
“Suddenly, and very publicly, I was being judged about whether I was a success or a failure,” he mused. “That does put pressure on you. Because in my mind, I’m doing this irrespective of my family and events that have happened.”
James, 32, is quite the entrepreneur. After his cake business shut down, he started a new venture in marshmallows called Boomf. He says he’ll always be an idea guy, despite the new pressures since his sister’s royal wedding.
“Some of them will work, some of them won't, but that’s me, that’s what I do,” he shared.
The businessman has opened up about his struggle with mental health, crediting a lot of his ability to recover to his canine companions. In March, he shared a selfie with one of his dogs in the snowy mountain of Switzerland.
“I’ve been in that angst of loneliness, where you’re really alone in the universe. Luckily for me I had my dogs,” he wrote.