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Kate Middleton’s Brother James Shares 'First Family Photo’ And Speaks Candidly On His Depression: “I Don’t Have To Pretend To Smile”

November 8, 2019 17:15

James Middleton is getting candid about his struggle with depression. As the little brother of Kate and Pippa Middleton, he felt a bit 'overshadowed' by his siblings.

Kate Middleton's brother

James is the youngest of the Middleton family. In comparison to his sisters, Kate and Pipa, he stays out of the limelight.

He used to work with his parents at their family business Party Pieces. But now he’s a successful businessman with his own company, Boomf.

Struggle with depression

On Thursday, the youngest Middleton shared his first family photo on Instagram as he thanked the public for showing him immense support. From the photo, James and his fiancee, Alizee Thevenet look very happy as they smile for the camera with their dogs.

Back in January, the English businessman revealed that he struggled with depression at one point in his life. He confessed he had felt "a complete failure" while he had suffred from mental health issues in private.

In lengthy post, the brother of the Duchess said he’s been “truly touched” by the backing he has received since he candidly spoke about his depression. He explained:

Not that long ago I had forgotten what it was like to laugh with genuine happiness- today I don’t have to pretend to smile.
I am not cured from depression- I don’t think there is one. However I have learnt to tools to keep control, every day I look after my mental health as much as I do my physical health.

He found the strength within himself to seek professional help. James explained that he attended therapy sessions with the entire family, including the Duchess.

Fans reactions

@nadia_garber

Thank you so much for sharing! Wish you health- mental and physical as one! 💟

@mairimmcinnes

Great that you’re sharing. It’ll help others

@the_mountbatten_windsors

We support you James ❤️ You're welcome. It's so good to see you so genuinely happy 👏

@lovelycambridges

You're so brave! Beautiful picture of your family, wishing you all the best!

@lydiamarieelizabeth

You guys are the cutest! Love your sweet little family. Really appreciate your genuine spirit!

@pauline.granger.33

Thank you for sharing your story💙 people that love animals like yourself are normally very lovely caring people 💙 like yourself.

We are proud of James Middleton for finding the courage to talk about mental health issues. It appears he has found his place and we are very happy for him.

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