- James Middleton has spoken out about his relationship with the royal family, insisting he leads a “separate life” to his sister.
- Speaking in the August issue of Tatler, Kate Middleton’s younger brother said he doesn’t want the public to show interest of him because of who he is related to.
- He also spoke about his struggle with “crippling” depression which led to a period of “intense therapy” last year.
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The Duchess of Cambridge‘s younger brother has insisted he leads “a separate life” to the royal family, and said he doesn’t want the public to show interest in him because of his sister.
James Middleton was just 23 years old when his sister married into the royal family in 2011. Since then, he has appeared as a key member of the royal inner circle, even attending the weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, and Lady Gabriella’s wedding in May.
However, it seems that Middleton may be more removed from his famous sister than it appears.
He spoke about his relationship with the royals in a rare interview with British high society bible Tatler.
“I lead a separate life to them,” he says in the upcoming August issue of the publication. “If there’s interest in me, great. If there’s interest in me because of them, that’s different.”
He added that his sister’s sudden rise to fame put “pressure” on him to succeed as he launched his own business.
“Suddenly, and very publicly, I was being judged about whether I was a success of a failure. That does put pressure on you. Because in my mind I’m doing this irrespective of my family and events that have happened.”
In 2013, Middleton founded Boomf, a personalised gift and greeting card company. Earlier this year, however, he was accused of “cashing in” on the birth of Harry and Markle’s first child, baby Archie, because of a marketing email sent out to customers after the birth.
“Boy oh boy – that was a surprise! It’s a royally exciting week to become a new parent (wink wink),” read the email, which was seen by The Sun.
“Every parent deserves to have their little prince or princess showered in colourful confetti,” the email went on. “Celebrate and congratulate them by sending something a little bit different.”
Middleton also spoke to Tatler about his struggle with mental health, saying he experienced “crippling” depression last year which led to him receiving “intense therapy.”
“It’s what keeps you in bed, while anxiety makes you feel guilty for being there,” he said.
“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.”
The younger generation of royals have made mental health a priority, and Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry even launched their own campaign, Heads Together, in 2016, to open up the conversation.
The trio, along with new addition of Meghan Markle, recently launched a mental health textline service to provide additional support for young people facing these issues.
After a period of “intense therapy” and taking some time away from his business, Middleton told Tatler that he feels back to his old self again.
“I am happy. I feel like James Middleton again. I feel like I was when I was 13, excited about life. I feel like myself again and I couldn’t ask for more.”
The full interview can be seen in the August issue of Tatler, available on newsstands and digital download on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
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