Published On: Sat, Oct 12th, 2019

James Middleton reveals how Kate and family helped him through darkest moment in his life | Royal | News

The 32-year-old has courageously shared his incredible journey to overcome personal battles with depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia. In a revealing interview, James recalls how his older sister Kate, 37, occupied him to cognitive behavioural therapy after feeling “completely lost” at the beginning. During his darkest moments, James, a successful entrepreneur, reveals how he could not even bring himself to eat.

Speaking to the Telegraph Magazine, he said: “There are certain snapshots that I have, little memories of just how.. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t read a book, I couldn’t watch a film, I couldn’t eat.

“If I ate something it just sat there.

“I was just like, ‘What am I meant to do?’ I was better off in my own company, so I didn’t have the additional worry of someone thinking, ‘What’s wrong with him?’ I removed myself from everything.”

James recalls taking himself to a private psychiatric hospital where he told doctors he had been having suicidal thoughts.

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge helped her brother James to overcome his battle with mental health (Image: GETTY)

The 32-year-old revealed the difficulty he initially faced opening up to his family about his struggles.

He said: “The fact is, no matter what experience someone has, your family members are the hardest people [to talk to].

“You also have a very different way of interacting with your family than you do with your friends. And actually, I behave like Kevin from Kevin & Perry.”

He added: “My mother will see how much I’m eating and know that there’s something wrong.

“She’ll see the way that I look at her and know there’s something wrong. It’s the same with all my family. We are very close.

“And I think that can be… a challenge. And I do remember feeling that I almost had to say to them, ‘I’ll be back, but this is a process and it’s going to take time for me to recover’.”

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Kate Middleton attended therapy sessions with her brother (Image: GETTY)

His family later joined him during his therapy sessions which he described involved untangling balls made of wool and mapping everything out.

James said his family joining him on the recovery path was a “very, very big thing”.

When asked if Kate also attended, he said “all of them”.

He added: “Not necessarily at the same time, but either individually and together.

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James Middelton and his sister Pippa attend Wimbledon (Image: GETTY)

“And that was so important because that helped them understand me and how my mind was working.

“And I think the way the therapy helped me was that I didn’t need my family to say, ‘What can we do?’ The only thing they could do was just come to some of the therapy sessions to start to understand.”

James described his progress towards full recovery as a “re-brith” but admitted he is “conscious” depression can come back at anytime.

Last week James announced his engagement to French financial expert Alizee Thevenet in cute Instagram post of the couple.

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James Middleton and his fiance’ Alizee Thevenet (Image: Instagram/James Middleton)

On Instagram James wrote: “She said Oui. Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news,’ followed by a hashtagged fusion of their two first names – ‘Jalizee’.”

He also paid a special tribute to his fiancé, he told the Magazine: “Would I be in this place now? To have fallen in love with her, and for her now to be my fiancée in essentially the space of a year and a month? Probably not.”

James said his family are “delighted” with how far he has come.


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A family tree of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (Image: EXPRESS)

He added: “It was a dark and miserable place to be, but the fact is there is hope at the end.

“It requires effort and energy, but the other side is… the grass can be greener than it was before.

“For me, now, there’s a feeling that I can take on anything, in the nicest possible way.

“Not in a [combative] way. Because if I can talk about my mental health and the things I am passionate about and the way I truly feel… well then I’m not pretending to be anyone. This is who I am.”

If you require support regarding mental health call the Samaritans on 116 123.

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