James Middleton opens up about his passion for beekeeping

By Zach Harper

James Middleton has revealed how much he loves bees and how they’ve helped his mental health in a touching new Instagram post that went viral on Aug. 23.

Duchess Kate’s brother posted a gallery of photos including one of himself with a huge piece of honeycomb from a hive, him in a beekeeping suit and one of honey being produced. He said he keeps 10 hives in Buckleberry, the Berkshire village where the Middleton family is from.

“Many of you know I am passionate about dogs, but not many know I am almost as passionate about bees,” he wrote. “I’m fascinated by the little creatures. From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there’s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”

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Many of you know I am passionate about dogs  , but not many know I am almost as passionate about bees  . I have ten hives at Bucklebury & I’m fascinated by the little creatures. From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there‘s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures. In a worker bees life she will produce just 1/10th of a teaspoon of honey- think of how many bees are needed for one jar  . But that’s not it. Bee keeping to me is a meditation 律♂️ it’s a chance to escape my mind and be so consumed by something that hours can pass by without knowing it. Meditation is a wonderful tool to help with stress, anxiety, depression and doesn’t just need to be practiced sitting down! 律♂️ ♂️ ♂️ . Lastly honey. Honey is one of natures finest medicines. From antibacterial properties, aiding digestion, hay fever, colds, energy and even as cure for sleeping disorders the list goes on. I have a teaspoon of honey every day and couldn’t recommend it more  . So as this little homage to the honest little honey be ends remember raw local honey is best & yes I do get stung all the time but its worth it!  ❤️ . #beekeeping #rawhoney #bees #savethebees #beesofinstagram #honeyisthebestmedicine #wildflowerhoney #meditation #activemeditation #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mentalhealthawareness

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James has spoken openly about his mental health and the depression he’s gone through in his life, and has written about how his dogs Ella, Inca, Luna, Zulu and Mabel have helped keep him grounded. He said he gets a similar benefit from beekeeping.

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“Bee keeping [sic] to me is a meditation,” he wrote. “It’s a chance to escape my mind and be so consumed by something that hours can pass by without knowing it. Meditation is a wonderful tool to help with stress, anxiety, depression and doesn’t just need to be practiced sitting down!”

James ended by encouraging his followers to eat as much honey as possible, writing about all of its incredible health benefits.

“Honey is one of natures [sic] finest medicines,” he wrote. “From antibacterial properties, aiding digestion, hay fever, colds, energy and even as cure for sleeping disorders the list goes on. I have a teaspoon of honey every day and couldn’t recommend it more.

“So as this little homage to the honest little honey bee ends remember raw local honey is best & yes I do get stung all the time but its [sic] worth it!”

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