We love it when royals and celebrities are outspoken about their own mental health and the difficulties they’ve pushed through. James Middleton is one of those people.
On Oct. 10, Duchess Kate’s brother took to Instagram to make a heartfelt and emotional post thanking his dog Ella for World Mental Health Day. The picture he included shows his black cocker spaniel looking lovingly up at her owner.
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This is Ella & these are the eyes which helped me get through the insufferable darkness . The gentle touch of your wet nose and a loving lick was enough to make me feel brave. I will forever be in your debt. Thank you Ella ❤️ . #worldsmentalhealthday #petsastherapy #dogs
“This is Ella & these are the eyes which helped me get through the insufferable darkness,” he wrote. “The gentle touch of your wet nose and a loving lick was enough to make me feel brave. I will forever be in your debt. Thank you Ella.”
In January, James wrote a heartwrenching op-ed for the Daily Mail in which he addressed his battles with depression, which he dubbed “a cancer of the mind.” The 32-year-old, who had also struggled with dyslexia since childhood and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in 2017.
In his piece, he described how depression completely debilitated him to the point where he was not able to communicate with family and friends. He described how a trip to the Lake District in December 2017 made him realize he needed to get help, and wrote that he was speaking out about his experience because he wanted to help others.
“I feel – although I’d never say I am cured of it – that now I understand it and, with professional help, have worked out strategies for coping,” he wrote. “Today, I feel a new sense of purpose and zest for life… I feel compelled to talk about it openly because this is precisely what my brother-in-lw Prince William, my sister Catherine and Prince Harry are advocating through their mental health charity Heads Together.”
James went on to say he now looks at his ADD as “a gift” and has since been able to access cognitive behavioural therapy for his depression and anxiety.
“Bit by bit, shafts of sunlight started to penetrate the gloom,” he wrote. “My family were proactive in helping me enormously – it has been an education for all of us to understand the complex nature of depression.”
James loves his dogs, and when he started dating fiancée Alizee Thevenet, was thrilled to hear she was also a canine-lover and told the Evening Standard Insider he was very happy about that.
Alizee and James confirmed their engagement this past weekend in a sweet Instagram post that saw them embracing in front of a gorgeous mountain landscape. Thirty-year-old Alizee showed off her ring, which features a big sapphire in an emerald cut, as she rested on James’s chest.
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We’re thrilled James has found love, and that he also now has the tools he needs to keep his mental health in a good spot!